Stop Being A Jerk And Learn To Cultivate Empathy

Empathy

In a classic episode of The Simpsons, Bart won an elephant named Stampy. At the end of the episode, they had to give Stampy to a wildlife preserve because they could no longer afford him. Back in the wild, Stampy began to head-butt the other elephants and knock them over as Bart cheered him on. […]

Kabbalah and Self-Reflection

Kabbalah tree

One of the things that separates humans from other species is our capacity for self-reflection. We don’t need to blindly react to stimuli in the same way every single time. Instead, we can learn from our mistakes, take advantage of our strengths, and structure our lives in ways conducive to bettering ourselves. Many spiritual traditions […]

Reflections on One Year with a Standing Desk

standing desk

It was right around Christmas 2013 when I began to use a standing desk at work. One year later, I can safely say that this was one of the better decisions I’ve ever made. The only reason I’ve ever heard of a healthy person not choosing to use a standing desk is that they are […]

Cuddling: If It Wasn’t Obvious Already, Here’s Why You Should Be Doing It

Cuddling

Who doesn’t enjoy a good cuddle? Well, there is Michael Kelso of That 70s Show, who once remarked to his girlfriend, “Why would we cuddle when we could do it?” As crazy as it may sound, we’re about to answer that question here. We all know that cuddling just feels great. That much is practically […]

Serendipity and Baseball Cards

Baseball card

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle, or you can live as if everything is a miracle.” -Albert Einstein   I had already been collecting baseball cards for a few years before it happened. Sometime in elementary school, I believe it was around the fourth grade, I […]

Busyness Is A Choice

view from my apartment

A little under a year ago, I got a new job. I suppose you could call it my first “real” job. Man, have I been busy. This job (which I very much enjoy, in case you were wondering) has me working from 6:30-6:30 every day (including a half hour commute each way), plus occasional weekends, […]

Escapism: Leave Your Fantasy World And Live In Reality

Fantasy World

“The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is in the Dose” by Circa Survive “Did you ever wish you were somebody else?” This line from one of my all time favorite songs is one that I think most people would have to answer with a “yes”. Who hasn’t, at one point or another, wished they had […]

Why Are You Being So Stubborn And Defensive?

Defensive Hedgehog

Try as I might to be open-minded and reasonable, I find it hard to take criticism. On an intellectual level, I understand there is no animosity on the part of an individual who gives me constructive feedback, but I can’t help but experience an emotional reaction to it anyways. And I’m certainly not alone. Defensiveness […]

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, […]