Impostor Syndrome: Why Success Makes You Feel Like A Fraud

I’m just some guy writing this. I was certainly not an English major, and can count the number of papers I wrote in college on one hand. Nor am I a positive psychologist, or a psychologist of any kind for that matter. I’m not a doctor, nutritionist, or otherwise accredited as a health expert. I […]

Don’t Ruin The Moment By Wishing For Something Different

“To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have.” – Ken S. Keyes Jr. The other day, I was eating a delicious, simple, and healthy meal I had made for myself. And then I was struck with a thought: I’d really prefer eating sushi. I spend a lot of […]

No One Owes You Anything

  Every once in a while you come across something that really sticks with you. You read the article, and it wrenches your mind in a direction that you are unfamiliar with. It leads to an “ah-ha!” moment. A few weeks ago, I came across one of these. Harry Browne, former Libertarian Party presidential candidate […]

Kabbalah and Self-Reflection

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 […]

Busyness Is A Choice

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

“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 […]

Social Comparisons, Biases, And Self-Image

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, […]

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”

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

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 […]