Avoid The Dangers Of The Personal Development Industry

personal development

Here’s something obvious: I’m a fan of personal development. Self-improvement is a wonderful thing! Through improving ourselves, we learn to overcome our fears, achieve our goals, develop stronger relationships, push past boundaries and plateaus, and get to know and understand ourselves far better. But there is also a dark side to personal development. The self-help [...]

Social Comparisons, Biases, And Self-Image

Social Comparisons

A couple of weeks ago, my Dad sent me an article about a mathematical concept I had never heard of, the Friendship Paradox. Put simply, the paradox is that your friends, on average, have more friends than you do. And this is true for nearly everybody. How can this be? Well, being a math nerd, [...]

How To Recover When You Are Off-Course

Eric LeGrand

Consider driving to some destination, with your GPS guiding you.. It turns out that one of the main roads you were going to take is under construction, and you can’t go that way. Despite your frustration, the GPS begins “recalculating”. With its directions, you take some other roads you are unfamiliar with, but end up [...]

Book Review: Tiny Buddha’s Guide To Loving Yourself

NOTE: I haven’t written a book review on this site before, but I felt like I should at least write one for the book that I contributed to! Short story: I highly recommend it, and you can buy it here. This is the word for word review that I posted on Amazon, for the record.   [...]

Bring Out The Best In Others Using This Basic Economic Principle


  “You can get everything in life you want if you just help enough other people get what they want.” -Zig Zigler I’ve been on kind of an economics kick recently. If you don’t know much about economics (and even if you have studied it before), I would strongly suggest that you pick up a [...]

How You Can Increase Your Personal Freedom And Become More Independent


There are certain words in the English language that get tossed around so often and used so loosely, that it’s challenging to pin down a specific meaning for them. One such word is “freedom”. Take a moment right now and try to come up with an adequate definition of freedom, or what freedom means to [...]

The Impermanence Of All Things


Last night, I went to Milwaukee to see one of my favorite bands (and the first band I ever “got into”), Streetlight Manifesto, for the fourth and final time. Sadly, this is their final tour, and as far as I know, I’ll never have another opportunity to see them live. When I woke up today, [...]

Why You Shouldn’t Label Foods As “Good” Or “Bad”

Good and Bad food

I recently read a fascinating book on nutritional psychology called Nourishing Wisdom, written by Marc David (thank you for the recommendation, Sharon). This book made me really think about something I had never considered before: many of us choose to label foods as either “good” or “bad”. In fact, most of you reading this right [...]

How To Become A More Positive Person Through Faking It

Positive Thinking

Note: The following is a guest post by Ryan Rivera. Positive thinking is at the heart of happiness. Positive thinking is how you get joy from your accomplishments, look forward to the future, enjoy the present, and relish your past. Happiness is itself a type of positive thinking, because it comes from being content with [...]

Letting Your Mind Wander: The Effects Of Fantasizing And Visualizing

Mind Wandering

Since returning from Israel almost two months ago, I’ve found myself slipping into daydream an awful lot. My mind will wander from whatever it is I’m doing to a scene of beaches along the Mediterranean, a crater in the Negev, or a bar in Tel Aviv. I have a love/hate relationship with daydreaming. On the [...]