So what?

Instead of asking the typical fear-setting question ‘what’s the worst that can happen?’ instead persistently ask yourself ‘so what?’ So what if you didn’t get into the college you wanted? So what if you’ll never be famous? So what if you’ll never find a significant other? So what? Repetition dulls negative thoughts. Boredom hinders the loop […]

Outsmart your worries

You are not our thoughts. Thoughts are just thoughts. But you are your actions. How you determine what’s reasonable and worth doing versus what’s irrational and worth ignoring demonstrates the emotional strength of your thinking mind. As Eric Barker writes on his blog: You’re not your brain; you’re the CEO of your brain. You can’t […]

‘The worrier is the opposite of a lighthouse’

  Worrying can be short-sighted and egotistical. FOMO, or fear of missing out, is a 21st-century problem driven by the use of smartphones. As David Brooks highlights in his article The Epidemic of Worry, ‘the worrier is the opposite of a lighthouse:’ “He doesn’t give out energy for the benefit of others. He absorbs energy at others’ […]

The Fab Five, John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, the epidemic of worry, new tunes and more

Arts & Culture Twenty-five years after the Fab Five, big-time colleges still short-change their stars They never won anything but the Fab Five – the so-called greatest recruiting class of all time — broke fashion trends. They took after Michael Jordan and wore baggy shorts, shaved their heads, and replaced their white socks with black. […]

Save the worry for later

Instapaper your worries. That is, save them for later. By the time you come back to them, they’ll only be important if they’re still on your mind. Anxiety is a trigger, one that works to benefit you. You’ll continue to think about the exam if you do nothing about it. Studying builds up your confidence and reduces […]

“The map is not the territory”

The human head consists of a left brain and a right brain, each with distinct cognitive functions. The left hemisphere is known for processing logic and doing verbal and mathematical analysis while the right half excels in creativity and imagination, the visual stuff. But the left brain holds responsibility for how we react since it’s […]