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Building Self-Worth

The more I learn about ways to help people live better, happier, more meaningful lives, the more I start to realize that there are just a handful of problems that are at the root of all the other problems/doubts/fears we face. One of those deep, core problems is low self-worth. A low perception of your […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

How to Be Unapologetic AND Kind

Let’s face it: people are more divided than ever before. Especially in the United States, where political tensions have reached a boiling point (and in many cases have long since passed it), it’s hard to imagine a time when people were not forceful—if not downright belligerent—about their beliefs. Quite frankly, it’s hard to watch. Especially […]

How to Know When It’s Time to Let Go of an Idea

Our ideas and beliefs shape who we are. They guide our actions, set our mindsets, lead us to people who share our same ideologies, and so on. But it’s important to remember that people change—and their ideas change, too. This is healthy and good. Humans need to grow, learn, and adapt. Some of those changes […]

Designing your Ideology

If you want a happier life, you can’t stand by and wait for it to happen to you. You have to create it. You have to be proactive and deliberate, designing the life you want for yourself and taking steps to make your vision a reality. This can feel a little overwhelming, which is why […]