Deodorant is an essential ingredient to combat body odour. We all love to smell nice, and perhaps more importantly, we know the social consequences if we don’t. The problem is that most deodorants don’t really do a good job of helping us out. I found out the hard way. About a year ago I moved […]
You’d have to be blind to have failed to notice how obsessed with sex the contemporary cultural landscape has become. Living in a capitalist, consumer-driven society where “sex sells”, our bodies and sexuality has become a vehicle for nothing less than the commodification of anything with a dollar sign on it. From soft drinks to […]
Social situations are among the most important in our lives. Yet, there is a huge chance that you are oblivious to the plethora of unwritten social rules that structure everybody’s behaviour. Failing to comply to these cultural imprints can cause irreversible damage. Just following them blindly will not get you ahead. Hacking them, however, will […]
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
This is a story about how fickle happiness can be, and how to get it back.
It’s going to be the most open I’ve ever been online, because I recently realized how beneficial it is to share what’s inside of us, our challenges and insight alike.
I hope this piece inspires you to do the same.
A new study revealed this week shows that in spite of past claims, marijuana use does not affect IQ. The research, performed by the University College of London, was presented on Tuesday at the European Conference of Neuropsychopharmacology in Berlin. The longitudinal study was performed on over 2,000 students. Researchers studied subjects–once at age 8 […]
Tonight a good man died, and I don’t use that adjective lightly. When I met him he had a plump nose, a frizzled patch of thin grey hair, and drooping, peach-grey ears. He wore no glasses, and his eyes seemed to be at least one size too small to match the rest of his face. […]
Recently I came across this amazing little Tumblr named ‘OtherWordly‘ – itself a play on words. It consists of a collection of strange and lovely words from different languages through different times. What I like most about this selection of consonants and vowels – little meaning-carrying packages of vibration – is that they all try […]
A list of 25 hand-picked documentaries that will make you re-evaluate many of your strong-held beliefs. All of which you can watch online for free! Ready for some learning?
In his book The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz outlines four simple principles, or “agreements” that one can practice to radically change one’s experience and perception of the human experience. Once a doctor, Ruiz’s life took a dramatic turn when he was in a car accident and had an out-of-body experience. It was then that he realized […]
A beginner’s guide to the art and scene of lucid dreaming, or the sensation of being in complete control of one’s dreams. Why not make sleep an active part of your day?
I’ve handpicked the 10 most inspiration comics from the Zen Pencil’s blog. This wonderful comic takes famous, inspirational quotes and turns them into deliciously illustrated comics.
Continued from Part 1 I jumped, and raised my waist to the top of the wall; on the other side was a black void. I raised my right leg to the top of the wall and rolled myself onto it, sitting at the top, on my right was only blackness, and on my left only […]
A brief look at some historical examples of artistic geniuses and it is tempting to believe that there is something approaching madness in the creative spirit. The artistic impulse permeates throughout history: from the “primitive” cave art of the Upper Palaeolithic through to the introduction of perspective and foreshortening during the Renaissance, rules which would […]
If you have ever thought about taking a vow of silence and wondered what you might need to consider, then you’ve landed on the right heli-pad. So let’s jump right in, shall we? First things first…
Why would anyone want to stop talking?
The answer is simple: to awaken awareness.
Most of us fall through our days in a kind of trance-like state. We don’t notice the details of what’s going on around us, because we’re so busy living in the past and the future that what’s happening right now simply becomes a technicality that needs to be dealt with in order to get to our next destination…
A year ago, a friend signed me up for an almost-daily newsletter called ‘Notes From the Universe’. These emails contain quick reminders about life that often seem to be written just for me that day. Here are my absolute favorites so far… When you feel happy, really happy, it somehow seems that you’ve always been […]
Photo by Maja.
Exaggerate your compliments
If you’re going to say something nice, why not make it a bit nicer? Only you will know the difference and the target of the compliment will feel that much better.
Forget about insults entirely (even in jest)
We can all agree that nothing good comes of insults. If they are serious, then someone comes out of the exchange feeling cut down. Even if you insult someone jokingly, their subconscious mind still takes your words in as a serious statement and imprints the insult on the person. This is akin to a commercial: it can seem stupid, but you are still building up respect for the product on a subconscious level. This is why companies pay top dollar just to have their logo visible in public places.
Investigate what is known about death
What do you know about death? You certainly have beliefs around it, but what do you know about the science of death, or of those who have died and been brought back to life? Death is not as big of a mystery as it is made out to be. Do your research before you fear or misconstrue this most universal human experience.
Most people only think that there is one way to sleep: Go to sleep at night for 6-8 hours, wake up in the morning, stay awake for 16-18 hours and then repeat. Actually, that is called a monophasic sleep cycle, which is only 1 of 5 major sleep cycles that have been used successfully throughout […]
I used to have unbearable social anxiety. And paranoia. It wasn’t quite so bad back in the Ukraine when I was a kid. Back then, I was just like the other little Eastern European children – fair-haired, short, and perpetually wearing a look of mild concern. Then, we moved to Canada. Then, I went through […]
I remember the first time I got my hands on a self-improvement book. I was baffled. At that moment I realized my fate was not set in stone. I could become my own drill master and coach. The books I read would set out the training course for me to overcome. All I had to […]