Who are you?
Julia Bolz: Well I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. And one of the things about Madison is it’s about as stable as it can possibly be here in the United States. But one of the things about Madison is that “international” tends to be Iowa. And when I decided I was interested in practicing internationally, I ended up having to move away from Madison to go to one of the various coasts. But what Madison gave me was a greater grounding and a stability that allows me to have the confidence to move on to other parts of the world.My family was a great influence. My mother and father were involved with lots of activities – volunteer activities in the community, as were my grandparents. And they really showed me that serving the community was an extremely important value.
Question: What did you think you'd be doing professionally when you grew up?
Julia Bolz: I had many ambitions. I first thought I would become a doctor. And in fact I applied to medical school. I subsequently have been working as a lawyer, and here I am serving almost as a public speaker and advocate for kids.
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Thinking your life is worthwhile is correlated with a variety of positive outcomes.
- A new study finds that adults who feel their lives are meaningful have better health and life outcomes.
- Adults who felt their lives were worthwhile tended to be more social and had healthier habits.
- The findings could be used to help improve the health of older adults.
Even when they suffer costs in doing so.
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- In a new study, researchers used economics games to observe how both genders treat sexually-available women.
- The results suggests that both sexes punish female promiscuity, though for different reasons and different levels of intensity.
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