To be happy should never be our end goal. Striving to be happier, however, is healthier and more attainable. Attractiveness is much the same. It is best viewed as a continuum, not an either/or. The desire to be more attractive, or at least fend off unattractiveness, is a normal and healthy component of high self-esteem. “Nature to be commanded must be [...]

I have a confession to make… I had heard about some of the benefits of meditation, but I don’t meditate every day. I go through cycles of meditating 20 minutes a day and then slowly ‘forget’ and slide into not meditating until I feel I need to — until I feel like crap. Sound familiar? But recently [...]

Abraham Maslow is the grandfather of positive psychology. He was one of the first prominent thinkers to urge us to look at the best in society and learn from them. Maslow’s most famous contribution to the field of positive psychology is his ‘hierarchy of needs.’ It’s a diagram illustrating the hierarchy of a meaningful life. He built each criterion on top of [...]

That guy who thinks he’s 16% body fat but is actually 26% will never get those washboard abs from his eight-week magazine diet, no matter how motivated he is. And when the eight weeks are over, and he realises he still has another 30 pounds to lose, how resigned do you think he’s going to feel? And we wonder why 90% of dieters fail… Don’t make this mistake.

The stories of famous ‘aha moments,’ are awe-inspiring… Legend has it, Percy Spencer invented the microwave after a candy bar melted in his pocket while he was fixing a radar; Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravity after watching an apple fall from a tree, and Albert Einstein finally grasped special relativity after glancing at Bern’s famous clock [...]

“All the arts depend upon telepathy to some degree, but I believe that writing offers the purest distillation.” – Stephen King So you’ve beaten procrastination, strove for excellence rather than perfection and pushed through to do what screenwriter Brian Koppelman says 99% of writers with an idea only ever dream of… You’ve finished your first draft. Good job! Mission [...]

In the 1960s, the average age for the onset of depression was 29. Today the average age for the onset of depression is 14. A lot of this, I believe, is down to societies new obsession with productivity. Doing more in less time, so we can do more in the time we save seems like a wonderful idea. And it is if you don’t mind being depressed.

Leonardo da Vinci needs no introduction from me. Nearly everything that can be said about him has already been said… Some claim he was a superhuman genius polymath with an IQ of 210, five hundred years ahead of his time. Others say that he was an opportunistic idea thief, only modifying the designs of the better inventors that came before him. A few even believe [...]

“You are worth about 3 dollars worth in chemicals.” ― Carl Sagan It’s very trendy nowadays for people in the fitness community to talk about metabolism. “Lose fat by boosting your metabolism!” “Don’t diet, just improve your metabolism!” “The 8 foods that supercharge your metabolism!” And so on and so forth. We’ve all seen the magazine covers. When it’s [...]

Below I’ve transcribed and listed my favorite 202 six second screenwriting lessons from Koppelman. If you’re not a screenwriter don’t worry, neither am I. These pearls of wisdom apply to just about any kind of artistic endeavor. They’ve helped me with my painting just as much as my writing. Taken together, I believe these tips provide as much value and insight as any productivity or writing book on the market today.

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