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A little-gnome fact: Daily rituals can improve your life

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It might sound crazy, but you can save yourself from procrastination with the help of a tiny felt gnome. Have you ever started a project only to lose steam halfway through the process? How about when you planned out that exercise regimen, bought new workout gear and then tossed it all aside? (That poor yoga mat will never see the light of day again!) In the midst of life’s chaos, it’s hard not to get stuck. The hardest part isn’t wallowing in your own stuckness; it’s actually getting unstuck. It may seem daunting, but if you start small, you can do great things. That’s where the The Gnome Project: One Woman’s Wild and Woolly Adventure by Jessica Peill-Meininghaus (The Countryman…

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If presidential hopefuls can change, so can you

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As the candidates for the 2016 presidential campaign jockey for position in the public eye, they first must try to drop the bad habits that might alienate the voters they’re wooing. Hillary Clinton has admitted to a weakness for popping chocolates. Vice President Joe Biden, a possible candidate, says that he sometimes talks too much. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee have wrestled with weight problems. Even President Obama, while no longer a candidate, reportedly still chews nicotine gum to help him fight his cravings for cigarettes. Every one of us find our lives shaped by our habits, both good and bad. These habits form “the invisible architecture of our everyday lives,” according to Gretchen…

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