What Really Matters

Why do some folks look back on their lives and say they wouldn’t change much? Or anything? Is there a formula? Some mix of love, work, habits, or attitudes that offers the best chance of a well-lived life? Researchers at Harvard have been examining this question...

The World’s Scarcest Commodity

My 12-year-old son, David, is pushing his mom and me for a smartphone. Excuse me while I weep. It’s not that it wouldn’t be a convenience. When we’re late to pick him up at school, or he’s staying longer at a friend’s house or we’re separated at a ball game, it would...

Do You Suffer From “Status Anxiety?”

Psychologists have even identified a new malady, one that afflicts millions. They call it “status anxiety.” In 1759, Adam Smith inquired in his Theory of Moral Sentiments about why we seek wealth. Is it to meet our basic wants and needs? No, he concluded. “The wages...
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