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...then skip the first article, taking its own simple advice: "find something interesting to do." (How much funding did it take to come to THAT conclusion?!) A bit more interesting is the study on animals and empathy, though it's pretty old territory, dating back to a 1960's study with rats. (No real new ground here if you have read anything on the subject before.) The best article is probably on children who succeed: it exposes the flaws of the Mr. Rogers mentality ("you are special!") which has led an entire generation to have more of a tendency to give up when things get tough, since they are more likely to believe that skills are innate rather than acquired--and thus they miss the obvious fact that developing skills always requires motivated and repeated trying.
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