This past week I read a book recommended to me by one of my teenage patients. “You said laughter is good for you,” he said, “Well, it’s hilarious!” This comes from a person who told me that my advice to read funny stories because it helps improve your mood is the best advice I’ve ever …

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This book is a collection of short biographical articles about various creative people, from Maya Angelou to W.B. Yeats. Curry focuses in his essays on his subjects’ work habits and why they allowed them to be creative and productive. Exhaustively researched, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work contains an excellent bibliography and notes, allowing the reader …

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