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Twelve Days of Wisdom

PC250048If I ever write my memoirs, I’ll devote one chapter to each of the books that changed my life, by authors including Dan Ariely, Judith Rich Harris, Steven Pinker, Martin Seligman, Shirley Glass, John and Julie Gottman and Haim Ginott.

I’ve always been a reader and a learner, and it’s no coincidence that I wound up in the education field. I believe in the power of knowledge to solve problems and make life comprehensible and happier.

I love this time of the year; time to think about a fresh start and renewed goals. For the past two years I’ve curated collections of favorite TED talks, which you can view here:

Twelve Days of Happiness

Twelve Days of Self-Awareness

And for this year I’ve gathered a selection of my favorite articles, essays, books and authors, highlighting pieces of wisdom that have informed my work and relationships and changed my life for the better. It’s my way of celebrating some of the world’s great minds and important research findings, especially in the fields of psychology, education and the other social sciences.

I hope you’ll find something in this material that gives you practical advice, fresh perspectives and perhaps some inspiration towards your New Year’s resolutions.

I’ve spread the collection into twelve installments which I’ll be posting over the next twelve days.

I begin with Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture, the ultimate collection of inspiring words of wisdom and perfect for watching alone or as a family over the holiday school break.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and wise 2015!


Twelve Days of Wisdom

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."

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Cousins, L. (2014). Twelve Days of Wisdom. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 18, 2020, from


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