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I read that smiling when you wake up can be very beneficial. Supposed health benefits include: When you smile your body releases the feel-good neurotransmitters dopamine and endorphins. This means that by smiling first thing when you wake up you’ll be starting your day in a better mood. In addition, when you smile your mood…

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Good news! Winning the lottery will not make you unhappy. For years, we’ve all heard that winning the lottery will make me unhappy. This made no sense, of course, since everyone likes money, myself included. It’s hard to imagine that being handed a large sum of cash for doing almost nothing wouldn’t make me at…

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Every year, Space Telescope Science Institute in Maryland fields thousands of requests from scientists all over the world to use the Hubble telescope to advance their research. Only 200 proposals are accepted. In 2014, the Institute realized that 21.9 percent of proposals written by men were being accepted while only 16.9 percent of proposals written…

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One of the many doctors who I’ve gotten to know through my work with Yale New Haven Hospital was explaining the science of biofeedback to me. It’s fascinating. Biofeedback is the idea that your brain is always monitoring and sensing what is happening in your body, and it reviews the information being received and uses…

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Before bed last night , Charlie, age 6 asks: “When the Big Bang reverses and the universe compresses into a tiny dot again and then we have another Big Bang, will we all eventually get born again like this time, or will it be different?” “That’s a big question,” Elysha said. I wanted to say,…

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Trump tweeted about the weather at least twice last week, calling into question climate change and global warming given the cold temperatures that have recently gripped the nation. This is so stupid and so dangerous. Climate change is one of the greatest threat to our country. American intelligence agencies, including the Pentagon, have said so…

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Greta Thunberg, age 15, is a climate activist who addressed the U.N. plenary last month in Katowice, Poland, condemning global inaction in the face of catastrophic climate change. Thunberg was brilliant. She speak for four minutes. You should watch it. She is the calmest, angriest child I have ever seen. Her most compelling argument is…

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Someone was annoyed with me this week because, in her words, “You’re always great.” Sadly, she was not implying that I’m a persistently remarkable person. In fact, I suspect that she thinks I’m not persistently remarkable in any way. Instead, she was annoyed that I don’t allow much to bother me. Petty disagreements, disputes over…

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One of my friends famously described me as a “neckless stump with legs for arms.” This wasn’t nice, but when I use that description onstage to describe myself, it always gets a laugh, so I embrace it. Anything for the laugh.   Another friend watched me golfing one day and described me as having T-Rex…

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