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December 21st, 2009

Around the winter holidays, perhaps more so than at any other time, we want to be our best selves. We wish not for pretense, but rather for authenticity. We take stock of our lives and resolve, as the new year approaches, to make our best selves a little better still in the year ahead.

But how to do it? If we want to shape up physically, we’ll exercise more and change the way we eat. If we want to improve relationships with friends or family, we’ll try to be kinder and more thoughtful, placing their needs well ahead of our own. These aren’t things we can fake; either we’ll succeed in these realms through true effort and intent, or we won’t.

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