Good News: David Brooks Is Wrong

Last week, conservative pundit David Brooks wrote a column saying that Americans were using certain words less in their writing, and this proved the U.S. isn’t as virtuous as it used to be. For instance, a study using the Google books database “found that between 1960 and 2008 individualistic words and phrases increasingly overshadowed communal words and phrases.”  Read More Good News: David Brooks Is Wrong

Admit It: You Totally Get Off On Doing Good

Doing something kind or charitable makes us happy the way food and sexual pleasure make us happy, according to several studies. “Oh, really? What studies?” you may ask. Well, this one, this one, and the ones cited here, for instance. SEVERAL STUDIES. Read More Admit It: You Totally Get Off On Doing Good

Wednesday Wrap-Up: Audience Dare

We made it!  How was your day?  This is our new Wednesday night feature: The audience dare!

This was suggested by the lovely Miss Sally J. and I really like the idea.  Today’s dare is to Pay It Forward.

I am a sucker for Holiday season giving cheesiness.  I love a Christmas movie with a “the spirit is in the giving, not the getting” type of message.  I also really love random acts of kindness – both performing and receiving.  So your challenge for today (or tomorrow if you’re reading this at home and won’t be going out again) is to do something nice for a stranger.  Pay the toll for the person behind you, give $5 or $10 towards the person’s dinner behind you in the fast food lane, or the Starbucks or wherever.  Short on cash? Be creative.  And don’t forget to tell us about it in the comments today or tomorrow. Here is a little song that came up on my Pandora today.  I’m taking it as a sign.

Ladyguide: How to Survive Black Friday

I shopped my first Black Friday nine years ago.  Before then my opinion of the whole thing was something along the lines of “You’ve got to be kidding if you think I am going to get up before dawn to shop with crazy people.” Read More Ladyguide: How to Survive Black Friday