Hello Buttercup! Harvard Prof Praises Arianna on HuffPost

A feature in which we point out how writers suck up to themselves, each other and others in a particularly buttery fashion.

This one must have been tough to decide. Hmmm….let a Harvard Psychology Professor write a bunch of complimentary things about HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington on HuffPost or not?

Twist their arms. Fine, they’ll allow it.

In a HuffPost blog post Sunday in the Health Living section, Harvard Psychology Professor Ellen Langer wrote a post that had to make Arianna smile. She wrote: “I’m not one for mindless flattery..” — whoa, wait, really? Do we stop her here before she goes down the mindless flattery rabbit hole? —  “so it is with great sincerity that I say that Arianna is a force to be reckoned with. She’s extremely bright and incredibly effective so perhaps it’s no surprise that the event was so successful.”

Langer goes on to say…

how shocked she was to be at a recent “invitation-only” conference in New York hosted by Huffington and MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi called “The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power” and not as a speaker. The conference addressed things like mindfulness, wisdom, meditation and a person’s well-being. Further, Langer was truly surprised that none of the speakers mentioned her.

Good thing she got all that effusive praise of Arianna out of her system before she went on to trash a bunch of the statements and concepts presented at the event.

Read the full post here.

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