Articles written by Tom Purcell

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 By Tom Purcell    Opinion

Still living the American Dream

A growing number of Americans think the American Dream is out of reach, but I think they are wrong. According to a recent Wall Street Journal poll, only 36% of voters said the American Dream still exists, way fewer than the 53%... — Updated 3/20/2024

 By Tom Purcell    Opinion

Here's a great New Year's resolution: get a pet

As we wrap up a very inflationary 2023, pet shelters across the country are at maximum capacity and they don’t have room to house the pets people are turning in. ABC News reports that animals entering shelters began to climb in 2... — Updated 12/27/2023

 By Tom Purcell    Opinion

The dying art of Halloween costume humor

Halloween is upon us, which means you’d better be cautious about the costume you choose. Halloween has long been a staple of childhood, but in the past few decades it has been increasingly celebrated by adults — and for good reason... — Updated 10/25/2023

 By Tom Purcell    Opinion

Jimmy Buffet was a super-spreader of happiness

There’s a reason the name “Jimmy Buffett” elicits immediate joy in the hearts of millions: happiness contagion. A study conducted by Harvard University and the University of California followed 5,000 people for 20 years to deter... — Updated 9/6/2023

 By Tom Purcell    Opinion

What makes us happy and fulfilled?

According to the directors of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest scientific study of happiness ever conducted, the answer is very simple: our relationships. “The stronger our relationships, the more likely we a... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Tom Purcell    Opinion

Laughs to ease your election pain

This week half the country will be upset by the midterm election results and half will be elated. Regardless, politics is causing every one of us more stress than it ought to, but, believe it or not, there is, hopefully, still... — Updated 11/9/2022

 By Tom Purcell    Opinion

We must fix the nursing shortage

Where did all the nurses go? One of my family members ended up in the ER for a week after a bad fall. The hospital we chose and its staff were wonderful in every way, but this time, one important thing was missing: an appropriate n... — Updated 4/6/2022


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