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The Importance of Service & How it Can Reshape the World

“This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.” –Swami Vivekeanada

Charity is vital to the progress of humanity.

There is no act too small that can reshape someone’s life. The act of giving can entail many types of actions, whether it be donating money to a good cause, volunteering at a fundraiser, or even the simple act of spreading kindness on a daily basis. We think of charity as giving to others, but the amazing thing about this action is that in fact, it gives to both parties. By devoting part of your consciousness to the betterment of someone else’s life, you are also a building block in shaping a more wholesome and altruistic world.

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Stephen R. Covey’s Guide to Excelling in Professional & Personal Pursuits

Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey is a must-read for anyone wishing to maximize the effectiveness and morale of their work.

More than just time management, this guide reveals just how to utilize certain principles and methods proven to be successful. It takes a lot more than meets the eye to be a good model in the business industry. By setting an example of integrity and innovation, others are inspired to do the same. This instructive book is a great resource on how to establish and carry out a solid moral system as well as improve productivity in the workplace.

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A Survival Guide For Working From Home

Working from home sounds like a dream to most.

There’s no painful early morning commute, you are in the comfort of your own environment, and you don’t have to make small talk with any coworkers. In a world that is becoming incredibly more accessible by technology, virtual networking, and the world wide web, working from home is becoming a more popular option. However, once someone is in the reality of working from home, they becoming aware of all of the other problems that crop up.

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When In Doubt: Simplify

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” — Henry David Thoreau

With the weight of our responsibilities, personal lives and relationships, life is rarely simple.

The more that we have going for us, the higher potential we have for something going wrong. Even the most organized, well-planed individual can find it difficult to cope with the stress that accompanies even the best opportunities. Sometimes, we find ourselves too ambitious, only being able to put an ounce of energy into many different things at once. We fear that life is too short, that we need to seize each and every day for its full potential. This is true, but it is also true that sometimes, we can accomplish more by taking on less.

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Why We Should Be a Little More Selfish From Time to Time

“The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.” — Ayn Rand

Without being loyal to our own needs, it is very difficult to truly help others.

From a young age, we are taught to extend ourselves to others, to share, and make the world a happier place. It is undeniable how very important this is. Given the state of the world, acts of kindness and generosity cannot be understated. However, it is possible for us to keep our own needs in mind without sacrificing this.

In fact, being selfish might just help the world be a better place.

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Turning a Hostility Between Generations Into Something Magnificent

“Every generation is inculcated in traditions of prejudice which are encouraged as normal, natural and healthy.” ― Bryant McGill

Between the baby boomer generation and generation y, a lot of things are done differently.

Both groups grew up in very different political, social, and economic conditions. Both generations faced completely unique challenges, had dramatically different role models, and remarkably distinct cultures. With genY rising as the dominant generation, there is an undeniable sense of bias, resentment, and inequality between the two age groups. In a world constantly at odds with itself, a generational discrimination adds a new layer of complexity to our cultural landscape.

In that is world constantly at odds with itself, a generational discrimination adds a new layer of complexity to our cultural landscape.

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Why Gratitude is the Key to Happiness

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  — Marcel Proust

The ingredient for true happiness is shockingly simple.

Being the complex humans we are, we like to overcomplicate it. We tell ourselves that we need X, Y, or Z before allowing ourselves to be truly happy. We procrastinate happiness. We tell ourselves we will be happy once we get married. We tell ourselves we will be happy once we finally lose that weight, or once we finally buy that house. This inner dialogue seems like it could be motivating, but it toys with a dangerous idea: that happiness is only achieved once certain conditions are met. And this could not be farther from the truth.

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Your Summer Retirement Bucket-list

The summer serves as a wonderful and sunny time for relaxation.

However, too much r&r can leave one antsy, bored, and anxious. For those of you who are entering or in the middle of retirement, summer is a great time to switch things up and try something new while the weather is beautiful and the days are long.

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WomenAid: Building Stronger Female Communities by Ultraism

“When the female voice is repressed and stifled, the entire community can easily find themselves cut off from the sacred feminine, depriving themselves of the full image of god.”  –Rob Bell

The prevalence of female leaders in our society is slowly but steadily improving.

The road to female empowerment has been a long one, but in the past decade alone, we have reached some significant milestones. The gender pay gap has had a notable increase in attention, the 2016 US Presidental election has a strong female candidate, and there has been a number of female public figures and celebrities standing up for the importance of feminism. There is no denying that the issues of gender equality still have a lot of work left, but we are inching closer and closer to resolving them.

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Alain De Botton and the Philosophy of Our Everyday Lives

“Let death find us as we are building up our matchstick protests against its waves.” -Alain de Botton

The truth is, none of us really know it all.

However, there are certain people in the world who seem to have an uncannily keen understanding of human nature in a way that most of us ignore. When we think of philosophy, we tend to think of the ancient greeks passionately arguing about morality, ethics, or the question of God. If we are willing to expand our perspectives, (and be brave enough to confront some rather difficult ideas) we will then find philosophy actually is very present and relevant in our everyday lives.

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