Religion

CONTEST FINALIST: Amanda Oaks found happiness in perhaps an unlikely place: a college classroom. Learning the tenants of Buddhism helped Amanda dismantle everything she thought she knew about happiness and embrace both her own self and the joy of the present moment. Check out Amanda's essay and stay tuned for the winning entry from our Contest Winner.

From unlucky black cats to energy healing, superstition plays a huge role in human life. We asked Matthew Hutson, author of The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking, to tell us why.

Superstitions may seem irrational and illogical, but most of us believe in them. More than just avoiding floor 13, superstitions can provide us with a sense of control, meaning, and confidence.

From unlucky black cats to energy healing, superstition plays a huge role in human life. We asked Matthew Hutson, author of The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking, to tell us why.

CONTEST FINALIST: Amanda Oaks found happiness in perhaps an unlikely place: a college classroom. Learning the tenants of Buddhism helped Amanda dismantle everything she thought she knew about happiness and embrace both her own self and the joy of the present moment. Check out Amanda's essay and stay tuned for the winning entry from our Contest Winner.

Superstitions may seem irrational and illogical, but most of us believe in them. More than just avoiding floor 13, superstitions can provide us with a sense of control, meaning, and confidence.