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What to Say to Someone Going Through a Hard Time

It’s hard to watch people we care about go through hard times. Whether they’re dealing with illness, mental health struggles, financial hardship, a floundering relationship, or any other kind of personal trial, we want to do whatever we can to help. The problem is that some of our best intentions can sometimes go awry: we […]

Love and Magic: How Love Powers Creativity

Love and creativity go hand in hand. That’s why so many poems, songs, novels, and movies are centered around love. That’s why creative people are so often portrayed as “hopeless romantics” (it may be a stereotype, but there’s truth in a lot of stereotypes). But why is it that love and creativity have such a […]

The Power of Many vs. the Power of One

I recently wrote a post called “The Power of One,” in which I talk about just how much difference a single person can make. And I truly do believe that every person on this earth can make a big difference in their personal lives, their families, their communities, and the world. But while I believe […]

How to Not Be Bored

As a parent, one of the most frustrating things I can hear from my kids is “I’m bored.” It’s concerning to be in a house full of toys, games, electronics, bikes, skateboards, and more (all of which you paid for, by the way) and have your kids insist that there’s “nothing to do.” The reality is, […]

How to Handle Having an Unpopular Opinion

Sharing your opinions is fun. . . when everyone else agrees with you. But what about when they don’t? No one likes feeling like the odd one out, and these days, it seems like people with unpopular opinions are more likely to get shunned (or #cancelled). Does that mean you should change your opinions to […]

Say This, Not That: 5 Phrases to Improve Discussion

Disagreement, debate, and differing opinions are all good things. They help us balance each other out, share ideas, and move forward as a society. Unfortunately, these days, such discussions can swerve into dangerous territory very quickly. It doesn’t take long for a simple disagreement to turn into something much nastier: a situation where feelings are […]

How to Live in Gray Areas

The phrase “gray area” often carries a negative connotation. Gray areas are murky, confusing, and even chaotic. In a world where people value certainty and quick, clear answers, a gray area can feel frustrating or inhibiting. In reality, however, gray areas offer remarkable nuance and present us with opportunities to learn, grow, and expand our […]

Accepting Yourself

If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard something like, “You can do anything!” or “You’re more powerful than you think you are!” or “You are incredible just the way you are,” I’d be a very wealthy person. As someone who has always been interested in self-improvement and designing happiness, I’ve taken in […]