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Friday, June 12, 2009

Go to Starbucks

No, I'm not kidding.

I've never seen anyone walk out of a Starbucks saying, "This place is a madhouse!" (Well, except maybe in Tokyo.)

The whole place is designed to allow you to get out of the rat race.

Look around. There are people reading a book, scanning the paper, surfing the net, chatting with friends. And being around relaxed people is relaxing.

If you’re traveling (or live abroad, like me), Starbucks provides an oasis of familiarity. You can take a chance on a no-name place (some of them are great finds) where anything can happen. Or you can go somewhere that ensures a pleasant environment and better-than-local service.

The coffee? I don't know; I don't drink it. Some love it, some hate it.

But the coffee's not the point. We're talking "comfort" here.

If not Starbucks, maybe a favorite local "beanery" with big overstuffed chairs, books and mags, board games, knitting. Whatever.

So find a place to "chillax," as the kids say. Maybe make it a ritual--say, every Saturday morning with a few friends.

You’ll be happier.

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