The Stubborn Asshole’s Guide To Accepting Criticism

  A few months ago, I left my previous job on a sour note. My boss and I did not get along very well, for numerous reasons. As with all things, it is the other guy’s fault and not mine…but if any responsibility could be ascribed to me, I’m betting it’s because I have a […]

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 […]

Stop Being A Jerk And Learn To Cultivate 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. […]

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

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 […]

Why Are You Being So Stubborn And Defensive?

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 […]

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, […]

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 Kindness Can Improve Your Health And Happiness

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Ahhh, the golden rule. We have been taught from a young age to be kind to others because that is how we would like others to treat us. That’s a great rule of thumb. Unfortunately, your kindness may not always be reciprocated. Uh oh. […]

Take Off Your Social Mask

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it.”  ― Bruce Lee “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”  ― Bruce Lee Have you ever been to a masquerade […]

How To See The Good In Other People

Last week, I wrote a post about how to give great compliments to other people. Here is an important excerpt: “As you become more proficient in finding positive aspects in other people, you get better at seeing positive aspects of yourself.” Seeing the good in other people is not just necessary for giving good compliments; […]