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Gracious Living Guide 27: Not Being That Brand New Me

Not being able to fulfill one's resolutions may be frustrating, but it does not hurt to take a gentler and kinder attitude with our failures in keeping our resolutions, after all life is not just a sheet of paper with check boxes and ticks

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Issue 07 Volume 6

  As this issue is published online, many of us might have already left for our summer vacation. Wherever you are, we wish you a safe and pleasant journey. For those who have decided to 'stay home' to avoid this peak holiday season, inviting friends who are also in town, to your home for a casual meal may be a great way to spend the long summer days. ViTRINE's Dining and Living has a couple of healthy light rice salad dishes that you may consider serving. If the idea of spending time with friends puts a smile on your face, it should not be a surprise. Gracious Living explains the inverse relationship between extrinsic pleasure and happiness and how loving people rather than things could be a...

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Gracious Living Guide 24: Dare to Disagree

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree. Watch Margaret Heffernan's presentation on the subject of good disagreement on TED  How do organizations think? In her book, Willful Blindness Margaret Heffernan examines why businesses and the people who run them often ignore the obvious -- with consequences as dire as the global financial crisis and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Heffernan’s third book, Willful Blindness was shortlisted for the Financial Times/GoldmanSachs Best Business Book award in 2011. Margaret Heffernan began her career in television production, building a track record at the BBC...

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