Hurdles to Self-Awareness: The Skeptic

Self-awareness is a big step on the path toward a happier life. In fact, it’s one of the first steps you have to take. If you aren’t self-aware, you’ll never be able to identify the weaknesses or flaws that are holding you back, or the strengths that could propel you forward. If you’re going to […]

Being Willing to Change

When asked, most people would say that there is something they want to change about themselves or their life. Whether they want to strengthen a relationship, learn a new skill, or develop a healthy habit, humans by nature are often looking for ways to improve, with the hope that that improvement will make them happier, […]

The Two Big Lies We Tell Ourselves About Happiness

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky There are […]

Being Happy Now

If we’re going to free ourselves from lies about happiness, we must find truth to counteract them. Luckily, when it comes to the two biggest lies we tell ourselves about happiness, there is one single, simple-yet-powerful truth that dispels them both. It is this: “I can be happy now.” The truth versus the lies Consider […]

Action and Reaction

Two simple letters change the word “action” into the word “reaction,” but when it comes down to it, the two concepts are more different than they may seem. In fact, understanding the concepts of action and reaction are essential to creating a happier, more meaningful life.  The difference What is it that makes action and […]

Do You Have Control Over Your Thoughts?

Happiness starts with your thoughts. If you’re able to believe the truth about happiness, then you’ll know and understand that you can be happy now, no matter the circumstances. But is it really as simple as choosing to believe? Do you have that kind of control over your thoughts? Spoiler alert: yes, you do. “Change […]

How to Help Teens Overcome Fear

Once children become teens, they’ve likely grown out of most of their childhood fears (at least the ones about monsters under the bed and cooked broccoli). But that doesn’t mean they aren’t afraid of anything. Fear is an innate human characteristic. We’re born with a “fight or flight” response that never goes away (unless you […]

Love vs. Fear

Reason doesn’t really put love and fear at odds with each other—and neither does the dictionary.  Rather, when people think of the opposite of love, they probably think of dislike, disgust, or perhaps the most common of all, hate. And when they think of the opposite of fear, they think of courage, bravery, or (somewhat […]