Category: Living on Purpose
If I had a peanut for every time someone asked, “Is it hard being vegan?” I would probably be able to fill about 20 jars with organic, hand pressed peanut butter. Crunchy, because it’s my favorite. I understand that this question comes from a good place. It’s either from genuine curiosity or some strange quasi-compliment that is supposed to respectfully acknowledge my “discipline” in … Read More Is It Hard Being Vegan?
I don’t have ground to rant about how you should “get your act together and be a real American citizen by voting!”; I’m not the greatest citizen ever spawn from the American clutches. I’m not the biggest fan of American capitalist economy, and I’m not the biggest supporter of some of the American “ideals”. So I don’t want you to hear “vote, or you’re … Read More How Voting Can Lead to Happiness
I hold profound respect for Harper Lee. The ideas that leaked from her mind and her morals onto the pages of To Kill a Mockingbird leave me bamboozled every time at the exactness of the essence of human kindness that they capture. Written in this legacy are scores upon scores of essential quotes that, if taken seriously and by enough people, could mean an abrupt … Read More A Tribute to Harper Lee: Her Impact Upon Humanity
I am a person who enjoys pretending that I am not, in fact, a human, but some kind of Herculean Alien from a planet where multitasking is actually possible and the days exist in 43 hour segments. I am sure many of you can relate to this, especially with the piles upon piles of exams to study for, social lives to maintain and the … Read More Keeping the Boat Afloat: Three Practical Rules for Sanity
Want to be an influential teacher? Want to be a productive boss? Want to be followed? Learn how to learn. I want you to think back, to hold in your mind the teacher that counted, in your eyes, as a meaningful teacher. The Sir or Madam of whom you will not kindly forget; from whom you perhaps accredit a plethora of valuable life … Read More On The Art of Influencing
This past week, a dear pal and I shared in a celebration of one of year of vegetarianism. This post is my reflection upon how different of a person I am from one year ago, accredited to vegetarianism. Also, the word teleporting is used in this post, so as if there wasn’t incentive enough to read it before.
We have become terrified of being thought of as “narrow-minded” or judgmental. Because of this, Moral Relativism has taken hold, a “You do You” regime. So we sacrifice our own beliefs and morals in order to appease and comfort each other…but to what end? What are the consequences?
Psychologists for years have had it out over the “nurture vs. nature” influence on our genetic expressions, and it has ultimately boiled down to the idea that there are influences from both. What if we took this even further: what if not only outside, environmental nurturing has an impact on our genes, but also how we nurture ourselves? Then, ultimately, aren’t we also responsible for our own genetic expression? And therefore…what we decide in the head can be attainable.
My challenge for the not-yet-New-Years’-Resolution-committed is read 6 books in 12 months. Just ~5 pages each night. In this post, I offer my 6 recommendations for this resolution, with summaries and pictures included.
With the rise of customer service jobs comes the rise of dehumanizing the people we serve. We begin to treat each other like objects, and not like people. What are the consequences of this? Why do we feel guilt or a lack of satisfaction? What would it mean for humanity if we took a small and obtainable amount of effort to treat each other like actual people?
Happiness is ultimately relative. It is something that applies to each one of us individually and cannot be made universal. It is not an equation, there is not a right answer. This post shares a secret to the foundations of happiness that I do believe are universal and that have yielded happiness for me.