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Sorry does not seem to be the hardest word anymore

A lot has changed since the 1976 hit song Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word by Elton John. Not for me, though. Saying sorry is still one of the hardest words for me. I keep telling people not to say sorry to me, unless they actually mean it. Saying sorry is just a habit for many people. There are several reasons why I prefer minimising the word sorry: The more you...

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Progress: how, what, when, where, who and Why

Progress can be summarized by the 2001 Daft Punk song: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. Many of us expect progress, else we get disappointed. However, older people may complain that everything used to be better, while young people rejoice the latest version of their gaming console. The pace of Change is quite relevant. We expect progress in the following areas: (i)...

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Gratitude

I never wrote about this topic before. That is weird as it's quite important to me: both in giving as in receiving. After checking my blogs, I found a few references but only in this context: do not expect gratitude. In general, I differentiate between the following five types of situations: family, friends, sports, study, work. Gratitude might be the most obvious...

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Is altruism ever without self-interest?

Some 5 years ago, my then-girlfriend broke up with me. In her view, her decision was rooted in altruism. She gave me back my freedom following my ideas about a future relocation. I was furious. I asked her how her decision could ever be altruistic because I disagreed with her decision and her arguments. A week later, she admitted that I was right. Still, I think,...

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How did we get so far??

In yesterday's blog, stagflation vs inflation, I finally put in writing that what has been bugging me for a long time: "It’s a miracle (to me) that we have come so far despite the abundance of human stupidity." One could argue that the interglacial period following the Last Glacial Maximum allowed us to rewrite human history, given the worldwide destruction due to...

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The positive power of negativity

Some time ago, I noticed a Dutch article on a 2019 book by psychologist Roy Baumeister and journalist John Tierney: The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It (publisher). The book is recommended by psychologist Martin Seligman, a guru on positive psychology (eg, my 2015 blog). In 2014, I started writing for my blog. Those short...

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