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STUDY: Sad Songs Say So Much (Even More Than You Think)

Olimpia Zagnoli

As a minor key kind of gal, I often wonder: 

Why does sad music make me feel so happy?


How to Transcend Political Difference: Make Everyone Sit Still

red-blue-chairsIn this season of government shutdown, it’s worth thinking about the mystery of political polarity. How intractable is it, really?


Are You an Introvert or Extrovert? Take the Quiet Quiz to Find Out

Are you an introvert, extrovert, or do you fall somewhere in between? To find out, click the graphic below to take my "Quiet Quiz", an informal 12 question quiz, adapted from my book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. It's based on characteristics of introversion commonly accepted by contemporary researchers. I [...]


Louis CK on the Happiness of Melancholy

I find it funny that Louis mentions crying in his car after hearing Bruce Springsteen’s “Jungleland”. The SAME EXACT THING happened to me last week when I heard “I Came For You” on my car radio.

Here’s Louis CK on the happiness of melancholy:


QUIET: The Missing Chapter | By Karen Catlin

QUIET: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking is missing something,” says Karen Catlin, writer
of ”QUIET: The Missing Chapter.”

“Since over half of the population is extroverted, chances are there will be some in every group you lead. Where’s the chapter on how to thrive as an introverted leader?”

Great question, Karen, and I love your ideas. Here they are:


How to Enjoy Tranquility Through All of Life’s Trials

Lately, whenever I'm in between novels and psychology books, I end up in Ecclesiastes. I never stop being amazed (and comforted) that humans have been wrestling with the same exact questions for THOUSANDS OF YEARS. 

Here's today's passage:


Watch This Woman Progress From Infancy to Old Age — In Just 5 Minutes

I’ve never understood why everyone is so averse to aging. From what I can tell, most people get calmer and more centered with time. 

So I love this video, by Anthony Cerniello, of a woman progressing from infancy to old age — in just five minutes. It’s humane and beautiful and well worth your time:

Quiet: The Book

- Wall Street Journal

Bill Gates names "The Power of Introverts" one of his all-time favorite TED Talks.

Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

QUIET has been voted the best nonfiction book of 2012


1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

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