How status and likability affect your health 

Popular people live longer. As social animals, the number of friends predetermines our well-being and lifespan. The gregarious live long than loners. But life hinges on authenticity — it is not a popularity contest. The number of people we know means nothing if there’s zero reciprocation. The other person(s) have to like us back. There’s […]

The pointlessness of constant self-grading

Five-star ratings Gallup polls Followers and social media ‘clout’ We obsess with gauging the temperature of our present reputation. The numbers are public, ticking up or down like stock prices. The internet is the grandest stage of them all where we endeavor to present our best self. We strive to prove our self-worth, using likes and follows […]

67 million viewers

“It’s such an American thing that nothing is real until it’s on television.” – Tom Nichols It doesn’t matter what books we write or discoveries we make. People only remember us if we appear on TV. In Tom Nichols’ case, succeeding on on Jeopardy superseded his professional accolades as a published author, foreign advisor, and […]