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After being inspired by a family who exemplified genuine, guileless happiness to give up a hedonistic lifestyle and adopt their faith, a friend of writer Rod Dreher told him: “I realized later that I just needed somebody to give me permission to be wholesome.”

It’s a permission a lot of people these days seem to be waiting for.

The default pose of the modern citizen is one of disaffection and indifference. You evince a little edginess — hanging onto a few vices; peppering your speech with profanity — to show you’re not a square. You hold your beliefs and emotions at arm’s length, and frame them with ample cynicism, to demonstrate you’re not naive. 

Yet there are times when you sense that while cultivating this kind of world-weary insouciance makes you feel cool, it doesn’t actually make you feel happy. Finding your on-the-ground experiences run contrary to the prevailing cultural zeitgeist, you think things like:

“I don’t actually enjoy drinking that much. It feels great to be sober.”

“I really love my family. My kids feel like joys, not miniature terrorists or burdens. Eating pancakes on Saturday mornings, playing board games, and riding bikes together feel like some of the best parts of life.”

“It feels great to be sincerely affectionate and achingly earnest with others. It feels great to be thoughtful, kind, and honest, even when, especially when, it’s not convenient.”

“I feel like there’s still a ton to be grateful for, even when so much in the world is messed up. Heck, it feels great to smile, a lot.”

You, of course, don’t actually need permission to lean into and act upon these observations. You just need some gosh-darn countercultural gumption. And, by golly, as you live with more goodness-embracing, contentment-creating wholesomeness, you’ll make it easier for others to make the same choice.

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Podcast #971: The 5 Factors for Crafting Simple (Read: Effective!) Messages

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You want to convince your children, students and customers, whether you are a parent, teacher or business owner. In the modern world, where people are exposed to 13 hours of media per day, this is a difficult task. How can you make yourself heard in the midst of all this noise? My guest would tell me that it’s about keeping things simple.

Ben Guttmann, a marketing consultant and educator, has helped promote everything from NFL teams to New York Times bestselling authors. He is the author of Simply Put, Why Clear Messages Work–and how to Design Them. Today on the show, Ben explains the gap between how people like to receive messages and the self-sabotaging, complication-introducing ways people tend to send them. We discuss the five elements of effective marketing, which anyone can use to craft simple, powerful, and influential messages. We talk about why it’s better to focus on the benefits of something rather than the features. We also discuss how to use “and” instead of “so” in order to craft more focused messages.

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Angel Jackets Review: Black Cafe Racer Leather Biker Jacket

Online shopping can be a bit like sailing through a turbulent sea. But every now and then, you come across a treasure trove that makes it all worthwhile. Angel Jackets is a paradise for jacket lovers like me.

I already own four leather jackets for men. What was my prize? My prize catch? The black café racer leather motorcycle jacket. This piece promised to not only add an extra layer to my wardrobe, but also to bring a new level of sophistication to my everyday attire. This is my Angel Jackets Review.

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Angel Jackets’ seamless online experience set the tone from the start. The website guided me through the plethora options, but it was a black cafe racer leather motorcycle jacket that caught my attention, promising style and versatility. The ordering process went smoothly, with clear instructions and a checkout that was smoother than leather I was about touch. The PS169 price, including free shipping, was a great deal for the quality of what I received.

Unboxing

The four-day wait was well worth it. The package was not a simple box but a chest full of luxury that awaited to be opened. It beckoned, “Experience Luxury.” The message “Elevate Your Wardrobe with Our Premium Leather Jacket” was also inside. It set the scene for what seemed like a historic occasion. It was neatly folded, and a work of art, ready to be worn.

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The fit of the jacket was almost magical. It felt as if the jacket had been custom-made for me. The comfort of the 100% lambskin leather wrapped me in a whispering promise that it would age gracefully over time. The soft polyester lining of the jacket was like a loving embrace between it and its owner.

The nuances are what really set this jacket apart – the decorative padding on shoulders, which whispered stories of adventure; the four zipper pockets; and the zipper sleeve sleeves that speak the language of function with flair. The erect neckline with its smooth YKK zipper closure added a touch of sophistication.

This jacket wasn’t just a piece; it was an expression. The black color was like a blank canvas, allowing for endless combinations. The decorative seam details and the extra pockets, one of which is specifically for a smartphone

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Skill of the Week: Throw a Boomerang

A man’s ability to adapt to any situation is an important part of his masculinity. We’re republishing an illustrated guide from our archive every Sunday so that you can improve your manly knowledge week by week.

The process usually goes like this: You buy a boomerang in a toy shop because it sounds interesting. You can throw it in an open field. Throw it half a dozen times, only to hear it crash to the ground about 20 feet from where you are standing. Place the boomerang at the back of the closet and forget about it.

It’s easy to understand why boomerangs frustrate. It’s not intuitive like throwing a football or baseball. The key to a successful throw is the correct grip, throwing motion and evaluation of your circumstances. Make sure you are using a “returning” boomerang. Many of them are only for decoration and fly around as well as snow globes.

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