Keep Calm and Hygge

Year on year, Scandinavian nations such as Denmark and Norway top the world’s happiest nations list. So what is it specifically about these countries that attract these high scores? These countries continually rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness--caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance.

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Who Wins Facebook Travel Competitions?

I've been asking this question for years, convinced they were only won by social media celebrities or talented bloggers. I can assure you, I’ve tested every method. Sharing on social media does NOT work, tagging friends does NOT work and those quirky ’25 words or less’ cannot be won!  It seemed, each time I entered online, my confidence in winning that 21 day Contiki whirl or that Maldives honeymoon trip was quickly being diminished. 

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A Pirate's [Guide to] Life

For a bunch of cutthroats and scoundrels, there’s something awfully alluring about pirates. From multi-million dollar movie franchises to classic bedtime stories, these rogues have captivated our collective imagination for centuries. But what is it, precisely, that draws us back to these figures? What do we find so romantic about the men and women who carried out such monstrous deeds as murder and mayhem on the open seas?

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A Role Model of Strength in the Face of Adversity

It’s almost alarming how easy it is to let morning traffic or a train delay derail your mood for the entire day. It often takes sombre news to bring some much-needed perspective to a very first-world problem. For example, when we learn that a fatal accident is at the root of the traffic or that a suicide attempt is behind the public transport delay. In a (first) world where we have access to so much – unlimited food, water, shelter – how have we come to demand so much more? Rather than begrudging those who may be well-off and never failing in their list of demands, I think it’s more important that we celebrate those who do it right. That is, those who come out strong in the face of adversity, exemplifying gratitude at their core. 

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From Student to Fellow: Opportunities Are Created

In 2005, I began my collegiate experience at Marist College. As an 18-year old freshman hailing from the Bronx, the campus in Poughkeepsie was nothing like my city. A car was needed to get anywhere important, noise from construction and music did not exist, and I was the only Dominican in any given class. Everything from the people, the classes, and even the food choices was different. But despite all of these unfamiliar things, I not only saw opportunity, I created it.

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