10 tips for a better life from The Times' Op-Ed pages in 2013
It's not all politics and policy on The Times' Op-Ed pages. The section also dispenses advice on happiness, relationships and health, and it offers lessons for how to live a better life. Here's a look back at the Op-Ed articles that resonated most with readers. -- Alexandra Le Tellier
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How not to say the wrong thing( Wes Bausmith / Los Angeles Times )
Susan Silk and Barry Goldman explained the "ring theory" of kvetching in an April Op-Ed article that included a diagram and simple rules for not saying the wrong thing:
"The person in the center ring can say anything she wants to anyone, anywhere. She can kvetch and complain and whine and moan and curse the heavens and say, 'Life is unfair' and 'Why me?' That's the one payoff for being in the center ring. Everyone else can say those things too, but only to people in larger rings."
They also offered this wisdom:
"Listening is often more helpful than talking."
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