Lacey Dean

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Stop Overplanning: The Psychology of Why Excessive Goal-Setting Limits Our Happiness and Success

<i>“The job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it,”</i> Dani Shapiro wrote in her beautiful meditation on the perils of plans. But while embracing uncertainty may be the cure for our epidemic of anxiety and the root of …

Big Thinkers on the Only Things Worth Worrying About

In his famous and wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly advice, F. Scott Fitzgerald gave his young daughter Scottie a list of things to worry and not worry about in life. Among the unworriables, he named popular opinion, the past, the future, triumph, and failure “unless it comes through your …

Maira Kalman on Curiosity, Courage, Happiness, and the Two Keys to a Full Life

Maira Kalman is one of the most beloved illustrators working today and one of my greatest heroes, a singular spirit living at the intersection of art and philosophy. In this fantastic talk from India’s INK Conference, Kalman takes us on a journey into her wonderfully idiosyncratic mind and …

A.A. Milne Reads from Winnie-the-Pooh in a Rare 1929 Recording

On February 13, 1924, <i>Punch</i> magazine published a short poem titled “Teddy Bear” by <b>Alan Alexander Milne</b> (January 18, 1882–January 31, 1956), one of the magazine’s editors and a frequent contributor. The poem was inspired by the stuffed teddy bear Milne had given to his son, Christopher Robin, three …

David Foster Wallace on Leadership, Illustrated and Read by Debbie Millman

“Leadership” is one of those buzzwords — like “curation” — whose meaning has been forcibly squeezed out of them by regurgitative overuse and relentless overapplication to things that increasingly dilute the essence of the concept the word once used to capture. In a culture that calls pop culture …

A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology

<i>“When [a man] has fair health, a fair fortune, a tidy conscience and a complete exemption from embarrassing relatives,”</i> Henry James wrote in his diary, <i>“I suppose he is bound, in delicacy, to write himself happy.”</i> More than a mere philosophical contemplation, however, James’s observation presages …