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How to cultivate moral resilience instead

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is a centuries-old proverb inspired by a Japanese carving that depicts three monkeys, each with a hand covering eyes, ears, and mouth, respectively. In the West, the phrase has come to be associated with turning a blind eye to something that is legally or morally wrong, but the original meaning was that a person should always avoid evil, including in deed.

But what do we do when we find ourselves in a situation where “evil” is unavoidable? When we can’t stop seeing or hearing it, or else are powerless to prevent…


What scientists have discovered about human flourishing

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I recently caught up with an old friend who shared an experience that many of us can relate to. A few weeks ago, she got up in the morning and listened to a news podcast, like she does every day. And like every day, the news was filled with ominous stories and dire predictions. More and more coronavirus deaths. Political chaos. Lost jobs and school closures. She’d been hearing similar reports day after day for months, but on this particular day, her mind just snapped. She couldn’t take it. The thought of helping her kids get through the school day…


The Nuance

Blaming young people’s feelings of defeat on a lack of grit is ‘simplistic and counterproductive,’ experts say

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“Resilience” has become a buzzword. A quick Google Scholar search brings up hundreds of recent research papers on resilience and its role in mental health. And the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified building resilience as a “key pillar” of its Health 2020 policy framework for improving health and well-being.

While definitions vary a bit from one source to the next, resilience is usually defined as the ability to cope and persist in the face of adversity. …

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