Temperance: 5 Questions to Get Started

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Are you practicing the virtue of Temperance? Here are some questions to ask yourself and your Circle as you get started. Franklin’s definition: “Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation.”   1. Some psychologists say that self-control diminishes as the day goes on—so, we are strong in the morning but weaker at night. Does… Read more »

Frugality: 5 Questions to Get Started

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Are you practicing the virtue of frugality? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself or your Ben Franklin Circle. Franklin’s definition: “Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.”   1. What’s the difference between being frugal and being miserly or cheap?   2. What do you think Franklin… Read more »

Finding Tranquility

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Last week I escorted a 30 pound bronze duck through airport security on what might prove to be its last flight.   Tranquility was my favorite of Franklin’s virtues. I felt quite self-satisfied with my efforts in its pursuit. I have always felt that I, like Franklin, have possessed an “evenness of temper” and “cheerfulness… Read more »

How to Have a Meaningful New Year

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With the New Year here, many of us are reflecting on our lives and wondering how we can improve them in the months ahead.   Usually, this means taking active steps to find more happiness. One of the most popular New Years resolution, according to Nielsen, is to “enjoy life to the fullest.”   But should happiness really be… Read more »

Silence: 5 Questions to Get Started

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Are you practicing the virtue of silence? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself or your Ben Franklin Circle. Franklin’s definition: “Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.”   1. Do you think silence is a virtue? Why? Are there times when it isn’t?    2. Do you make time… Read more »

The Startup Approach to Good Living With Dr. Anna Akbari

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Editor’s note: Dr. Anna Akbari is a sociologist, entrepreneur, innovation consultant, and author of the new book Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness. The BFC blog recently chatted with Anna about her new book and what it means to lead a “startup life.”   BFC: What inspired you to write Startup… Read more »