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Understanding the decline of Zellers – a discontinued retailer

This post is only for self-reflection and educational purposes. Throughout highschool, I had the good fortune of working at Zellers – a discontinued Canadian retailer. After three years of working there, I was handend a termination letter – stating the the store was closing down. Infact, almost all Zellers were closing down as they were sold to Target – an american retailer expanding into Canada. Naturally, I was curious as to what happened to this Retailer and what I could

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Book Summary – Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind

The book, Sapiens: A brief history of Humankind, provides a semi-scientific and author’s perspective on the “history of humankind”. The book breaks it down into three revolutions – the cognitive revolution (70,000 years ago); the agricultural revolution (12,000 years ago) and the scientific which started 500 years ago from today and continues to shape us. ContentsPart One – The Cognitive Revolution (70,000 Years ago)An Animal of No Significance – The Rise of Homo SapiensThe Tree of Knowledge (Language)A Day in

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Guide to Understand and Manage “Happiness”

Happiness — a simple yet illusive word that has been a topic of confusion and contemplation throughout my learning journey. Given that almost all of my work — blog posts or projects — indirectly (or directly?) try to pursue happiness, I wanted to deep-dive and understand it. In this post, I will attempt to articulate understanding happiness and managing it. The lessons here are inspired by The Happiness Advantage, Elephant in the Brain, Stumbling on Happiness, and personal experiences. Defining Happiness

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Book Summary of Stumbling on Happiness

Recently, I summarized ‘The Happiness Advantage’. Reading that book lead to raising some questions that I wanted to seek answers for. The question of “Why are we so bad at managing and understanding happiness?” lead me to this book – Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. In this summary, I attempt to better identify and understand the shortcomings of our brian (and ourselves) that result in us being bad at understanding managing happiness. ContentsLesson 1 – Our minds are capable

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Actionable Book Summary of The Happiness Advantage

To better understand happiness, I picked up The Happiness Advantage — a book by Shawn Achor. To take that understanding of happiness one step further and put it into practice, I have identified the following action items or habits. The action items are for each of the seven “positive psychology principsles” shared in the book. I hope to put these habits into practice via journaling or personal experiments. ContentsPrinciple 1 – The Happiness AdvantageAction Items for The Happiness AdvantagePrinciple 2

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