It looks to me like it's not especially fruitful to agonize over questions like, "Am I satisfied with my life as it is?"

All of us can think of things we are satisfied with and things we aren't. For most of us, the mix varies widely over the course of time, and the causes of the variation are usually both objective and subjective.

If we are in a "good mood", we tend to be in denial about the bad things and engage in wishful thinking about the bad things; if we are in a "bad mood", we may exaggerate the negative aspects of our life and skip over the good aspects.

So isn't it better to consciously direct any soul-searching we do in more constructive directions?

In other words, shouldn't we be asking ourselves,

"What can I do to minimize the bad elements in my life and maximize the good ones?"

Lateral thinking: How to workshop innovative ideas

Don't underestimate the power of play when it comes to problem-solving.

  • As we get older, the work we consistently do builds "rivers of thinking." These give us a rich knowledge of a certain kind of area.
  • The problem with this, however, is that as those patterns get deeper, we get locked into them. When this happens it becomes a challenge to think differently — to break from the past and generate new ideas.
  • How do we get out of this rut? One way is to bring play and game mechanics into workshops. When we approach problem-solving from a perspective of fun, we lose our fear of failure, allowing us to think boldly and overcome built patterns.

Are these 100 people killing the planet?

Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

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Strange Maps
  • Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
  • This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
  • The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start.
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Straight millennials are becoming less accepting of LGBTQ people

The surprising results come from a new GLAAD survey.

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Culture & Religion
  • The survey found that 18- to 34-year-old non-LGBTQ Americans reported feeling less comfortable around LGBTQ people in a variety of hypothetical situations.
  • The attitudes of older non-LGBTQ Americans have remained basically constant over the past few years.
  • Overall, about 80 percent of Americans support equal rights for LGBTQ people.
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