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GRANTED: The new books to wrap up the year
With Thanksgiving approaching in the U.S., it's worth remembering that politeness is not the same as kindness.
Being polite is saying what makes people feel good today. Being kind is doing what helps people get better tomorrow.
In polite cultures, people bite their tongues on disagreement and criticism. In kind cultures, people speak their minds respectfully.
If you're looking for discussion topics that won't start a food fight, some favorite links:
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Seeing leisure time as wasteful is bad for well-being.
We stick to small talk to avoid awkwardness, but deep conversations are surprisingly enjoyable
The internet doesn't turn people into trolls. It just makes their trolling more visible.
To close out the fall season, my wife Allison and I just celebrated the 1-year anniversary of our children's book Leif and the Fall. It's about a leaf named Leif who's afraid to fall in the fall, and ends up learning a valuable lesson about the value of persisting in the face of failure. We'd loved seeing families and schools come up with their own inventions to help Leif land safely.