Envy: the fuel of resolutions (but it’s not always a bad thing!)

It’s that time of year where we start thinking about the ways we can make our lives better (aka, time for RESOLUTION EXTRAVAGANZA). Sadly, many of our resolutions come out of a process that includes a whopping dose of envy. We see someone enjoying something good (whether a trait or an object) and we think,…More

The hope of Christmas

Last year I wrote a series about my 12 joys of Christmas. It was fun, a little out of character for my blog in general, and ended up being a nice bit of fluff during a stressful time of year. This year, however, I’m feeling… blue. Melancholy. Grieving. I feel just as much joy as…More

In-Between Thoughts 12.11.19: are ideas real?

Awww, Wednesday was my last philosophy class for the semester. I didn’t expect to say this going into a class dedicated to studying Marx, Freud, and Deleuze & Guattari, but it was my favorite class so far. I KNOW. Who’d a thunk I’d become a semi-Marxist at the ripe old age of 37? Now I…More

Your Brain on Philanthropy: Cognitive Ease

I was chafing a bit the other day over the realization that in order to be most effective at my job, I need to talk about giving and gifts in the simplest way possible. I’ve learned so much about the complexities of ways to donate, of why people donate, of the great scientific work being…More

A Song of Gratitude

Lately, as I’ve been driving around town I’ve been listening to the soundtrack of the original production of Les Miserables. I cannot stop. Listening and singing along to the musical has become an incredibly therapeutic experience. Boublil, Schonberg, and Kretzmer somehow managed to put into music and into song the richness of the 1862 novel…More