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4 Benefits of Writing Things by Hand

Admittedly, yesterday was National Handwriting Day, but just because the “holiday” is over, doesn’t mean you should go back to tapping out all your meeting notes and thank yous on your laptop. There are actually several benefits to writing out notes and ideas by hand. The Week has compiled a list of four of them: 1. It’s better for learning. […]

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Letterpress Card Subscription from Hello! Lucky

I’ve mentioned before how it’s one of my goals to send more handwritten cards, letters, and thank you notes this year. And I’m thinking that this new monthly subscription option from Hello! Lucky might be just the thing I need to help me stick to it. Each month, for $12 per month, you’ll receive three letterpress note cards. They’ll also […]

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An Easy Way to Boost Your Mood

Got a case of the winter blues? Doing something kind for someone else can help lift your spirits.

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What Is Your Favorite Random Act of Kindness?

Happy Monday, everyone! We want to start your week off right with a question from our print editors. They want to know: What has been your favorite random act of kindness that you’ve either given, received, or witnessed recently? Share your stories in the comments below, and we’ll share a selection of them in an upcoming issue! And if you […]

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Show Some Respect: Be Polite to the President?

Woodrow Wilson was the president who invented the formal press conference—and immediately was regretted it, according to a story we read recently on CNN. After newspapers printed rumors of Wilson’s daughter’s romantic liaisons, the president declared: “This must stop! On the next offense, I shall do what any other indignant father would do. I will punch the man who prints it […]

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‘Why Is Job Hunting So Dehumanizing?’

Here’s the question  Fran Hopkins asks in a column on AOL: “How have I gotten to the point in this process where I expect to be treated like a piece of meat and accept it? “There’s very little human interaction in the job-application process,” Hopkins writes. “You email your resume to hiring@abcfirm.com or painstakingly complete a time-consuming, excruciatingly detailed online […]

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World-Class Manners for Olympians (and Spectators)

Spotted recently in the Chicago Tribune: a guide, on the eve of the Summer Olympics, to understanding (and emulating) “all the customs, quirks and idiosyncrasies” of British etiquette: 1. Greetings. A firm handshake is welcome. Other forms of touching, less so. “Social kissing is, however, becoming increasingly popular in Britain, but it is by no means an accepted norm,” writes […]

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Do You Dread Email? There’s an App for That

What if your cell phone could give you a heads-up, to let you know whether an email you are about to read is positive, negative or neutral? In Britain, scientists at the University of Portsmouth have developed an application that will do exactly that. After scanning the text of incoming mail, the app displays each message onscreen against a colored […]

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So What if You Never Answer the Phone?

On the bulletin board behind my computer in the office, I have tacked up a New Yorker cartoon by Alex Gregory.  It’s two guys in business attire sitting at bar, and one is saying to the other, “I used to call people, then I got into e-mailing, then texting, and now I just ignore everyone.”  Here’s the link, if you […]

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