This weekend I watched a bit on a news program that questioned the power of positive thinking. “If things don’t go well, if you get sick, or if you lose your job, or fall into poverty, it must be your fault because you weren’t sending the right thoughts out into the universe,” said Barbara Ehrenreich, a breast cancer survivor and the author of Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America. According to Ehrenreich, Americans discount reality for “magical thinking,” and… Read more »

“I’m lucky so many things annoy me, because if they didn’t I’d hardly have anything at all to talk about Sunday nights.” So said Andy Rooney, referring to his essays at the end of 60 Minutes where he ranted on such ordinary subjects as paperweights, chocolate chip cookies and even Michael Jackson lyrics. It was a segment that worked for him for decades, probably because the subject of complaining is relatable–we all get annoyed at something at some point.  I… Read more »