When people get nostalgic, they are living in the past. In those moments, the past seems rosy, and often as more positive than the present. Nostalgia can be induced by thinking about past events, by going to places you have experienced before, or even by hearing a song that brings back memories of things that happened. Is nostalgia good for people? read more
The Hardest Challenge of All is Not with the Body I am daring you to the ultimate challenge. Are you up for it? Nah, not a marathon. This is not one of those crazy physical challenges that leave you breathless and exhausted. Nothing like that, silly! You know me better than that. I am daring […]
Have you ever seen a mangrove swamp? Mangrove swamps, which sit in tropical and subtropical coastal areas, are wetlands comprised of a unique type of tree with large, branch-like roots that plunge down into the dirt and sand. When the...Show More Summary
Finger-picking the sticky congealed remains off the top of the plastic glue lid sounds like no fun, but come on: it’s relatively clean and easy, satisfies some obsessive-compulsive instincts, and gives us all some smoooooooooth streaming for the rest of … Continue reading ?
In keeping with my annual tradition (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008), this Samhain Eve I’m reflecting on everything that’s happened this year. In 2013, I AAAed 18 more catas. We finished watching Midsomer Murders. The most beautiful video game I played was Fez and the most inspiring was Antichamber. My favorite book of 2013 was […]
Back at college, I remember walking up to my friend Mike’s house on Halloween and seeing him frantically painting bright, red briefs onto a pair of nice blue jeans. He was really going at it, too — slapping the wet … Continue readin...
This week’s video story: Something that’s inconvenient for me may be someone else’s miracle. Has this ever happened to you? Something that you know is probably an inconvenience for most people is actually extremely helpful for you? Unfortunately, it’s so easy to notice when the opposite happens, and a change is super-inconvenient; I remind myself of this story to … ?
Last weekend, I went to Washington, D.C., to attend the reunion of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s clerks. This event made me happy for many reasons. I was thrilled to see Justice O’Connor. I loved catching up with many old friends and acquaintances. I enjoyed walking around the halls of the Supreme Court building. And the entire weekend reminded me of … ?
I’ve heard from many readers who have told me that they’re stopped getting the daily posts through their email. Yes, there’s a problem that’s proving quite tricky to fix. But I’m working on it! They’ll resume as soon as possible. If you’re reading this post through the daily email, click here to join the conversation. And if you’d like to … ?
“You increase your self-respect when you feel you’ve done everything you ought to have done, and if there is nothing else to enjoy, there remains that chief of pleasures, the feeling of being pleased with oneself. A man gets an immense amount of satisfaction from the knowledge of having done good work and of having made the best use of … ?
Further Secrets of Adulthood: Agree, disagree? In my view, this is why we must have treats! Treats for everyone–but they must be healthy treats, and that can be a challenge. Also, sometimes treats don’t look like treats. This subject comes up a lot in my next book…and very soon, all will be revealed about that! If you’ve been paying … ?
Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Do you accept these paradoxes of happiness? I love a paradox. G K. Chesterton wrote that “Paradox has been defined as ‘Truth standing on her head to get attention,’” and I find that an idea expressed in a paradox captures my attention with particular force. Here are … ?
This week’s video story: “Well, them stories just gone and shown you how some folks would do.” This is the quotation I’m talking about, from Flannery O’Connor’s essay “Writing Short Stories,” in Mystery and Manners: I lent some stories to a country lady who lives down the road from me, and when she returned them, she said, “Well, them … ?
Back by popular demand–the four Rubin Tendencies (I keep changing the name of this framework. Any suggestions or comments welcome. Do you like the Rubin Character Index Better?) It’s very important to know ourselves, but self-knowledge...Show More Summary
“Rest and be thankful.” —William Wordsworth Research continues to affirm the importance of downtime. Empirical data, referenced here by the Scientific American, affirms the notion that our mental resources are continuously depleted throughout the day. Show More Summary
I’m the Robin Hood of batteries. Since I am an extremely cheap person I always rob from the rich, battery-filled remotes on my couch and give to the poor new gadgets laying on my counter. I stumble around Sherwood Living … Continue reading ?
Kefi is a Greek word that can be described as a feeling of pure exhilaration where you have bliss, excitement, and euphoria. During moments of Kefi your entire being experiences a rush that you want to share with others. You smile, laugh, dance, or sing. Show More Summary
The ability to classify objects is crucial to thinking. When you place an object into a category, you are able to predict things about it. Often, an object is placed into a category because it is similar to other members of the same category. Sometimes, of course, an object belongs in a category because the category has a strict definition. read more
Sure, there may be a few tense minutes while the little rascal gets trapped between the sliding doors, but if you’re patient he’ll eventually find his way outside and you can rest feeling a little less murderery. AWESOME! Photo from: … Continue reading ?
Just Be Yourself, Honey. That line moved me to tears in the premiere screening of Love Punch, a British comedy with Emma Thompson at the Toronto Film Festival 2014. Just be yourself, Emma Thompson was telling her daughter as the ultimate parting advice before she drives off to college to start a new era of […]