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Treasure them

Aeon · 18 min

Sure, lovers and children are great. But friends are more than ever the heart of happiness, of family and of love itself.

The Revival of Stoicism

VICE · 26 min

Everyone from Silicon Valley billionaires to self-help enthusiasts is repurposing Stoicism for our modern age, with results that are good, bad, and highly indifferent.

6 Brain Damaging Habits You May Want to Quit

Medium · 9 min

86 billion. That’s the number of cells your brain has. Without a doubt, the gooey mass between your ears is controlling your body like nothing else. It only makes sense to spend most of our time taking care of it. But we don’t. In fact, most don’t even think the brain needs care.

You Can Only Maintain So Many Close Friendships

The Atlantic · 8 min

The Oxford evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar is best known for his namesake “Dunbar’s number,” which he defines as the number of stable relationships people are cognitively able to maintain at once. (The proposed number is 150.