Why Gratitude Makes Us Happier

Speaking to military families at a December 13th Toys for Tots event, First Lady Melania Trump expressed her hope that, “during this holiday season, people will remember it is not about gifts—it is about family, service, and gratitude.” Truth be told, it’s not always easy to feel gratitude this time of year. For many people, … Continued

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The Real History of Black Friday

Black Friday, the day known to many as the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season, is here. Legend has it that Black Friday brings retailers out of the red (financial loss) and into the black (financial gain), hence the name Black Friday. In fact, it turns out that while the earnings made by businesses … Continued

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The Female Viking Warrior Isn’t Real. Why Do So Many People Want Her to Be?

It’s interesting how little people care about history unless new inspiring evidence is found of it, especially when it comes to historical women redefining gender roles. In a discovery that has gone viral, there appears to be new evidence that Viking women were warriors and even “high-ranking officers,” leading men into battle against their enemies … Continued

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‘Realpolitik’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die…” In that line, delivered in the first season of HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister chillingly reminds Ned Stark of one of the most fundamental, survivalist truth of politics. And yet, for a show that has come to define nearly a … Continued

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A Dose of Optimism for Troubled Times

I could use some positive news, and if my Facebook and Twitter feeds are any indication, many others could use a little uplifting news as well. I don’t know if it is the national mood or just the fact that everyone is talking about these books, but my reading tastes have taken on a dystopian … Continued

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A Tale of Two Statues: The Confederate and the Queen

If you walk through the central Maidan region of Kolkata, erstwhile Calcutta, the capital of the British Raj, the first thing that comes into view is the gigantic Makrana marbled Victoria Memorial Hall, complete with statues of Lord Curzon and the Queen Empress herself. The entire area was designed to mirror Buckingham Palace Road. Walk … Continued

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