‘To be or not to be. That’s not really a question’

“To be or not to be. That’s not really a question,” quipped film director Jean-Luc Godard back to Shakespeare’s most famous line. To be is rather a false start. We think that success breeds confidence, but it’s actually the little lessons along the way that build up our future. Struggle makes us human Similarly, it […]

Are you an egg person or an onion person?

Introverts are egg people. They’re not hiding anything (per say), they are mostly reserved. And once they start to get comfortable, they are as open and talkative as anybody else. “Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured,” writes Susan Cain in her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World […]

Write a memoir to make sense of your life

“Why write? To write. To make something.” Claude Simon Most people think of writing as a creative outlet. But it’s also an instrument for coping. According to recent studies, writing your own memoir has various psychological benefits. Whether for private eyes or for public viewing, writing extensively about traumatic events helps you break free from the cage […]

Thinking through the repetition

Doing the dishes, sweeping the leaves, shooting free throws, organizing your records—repetitive tasks can also be mindful experiences. There’s something about the fluidity of motion that jogs the brain into a presence on par with meditation. You’d think that boredom would set in and condemn our brains to seek dopamine-hitting pleasures. But some of the […]