The Best Thing You Can Do for the World is Work On Yourself

The Best Thing You Can Do for the World is Work On Yourself

Everyone seems to have a different idea of how we can best contribute to a positive future. Some may run marathons for charities. Others may volunteer at local food banks. Others may do their best to educate others on environmental issues.  We all have our own ideas...

How to make positive changes once and for all

How to make positive changes once and for all

There are times when we realize that something in our lives has to change for us to be happy. We know it from the very core of our being. We also know exactly what we have to do to make that change. But that change requires something so simple, but rare in this day...

How to Learn from Your Emotions

How to Learn from Your Emotions

  “Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something’s wrong. He’s not right in the brain.”   The Dalai Lama This quote by the Dalai Lama exemplifies how we judge negative emotions in our culture. It was a response taken from an...

Why Laziness is a Myth

Why Laziness is a Myth

        I have strong feelings about the word lazy. Growing up in a Korean family that valued hard work, academic achievement, and productivity, the worst thing you could be is lazy. In fact, I’m still working on not feeling like I’m a useless blob...

Ori Alon: Using Playful Paperwork to Empower

Ori Alon: Using Playful Paperwork to Empower

Happy Monday! So I have a treat for you today! I'm so grateful that my friend Maedean was kind enough to share an interview she recently had with Ori Alon from the Centre for Supportive Bureaucracy. This is such an amazingly innovative idea for bringing inspiration...

How Nouns Cause Anxiety

How Nouns Cause Anxiety

I was talking with some fellow counsellors about teens and anxiety. We were talking about high achieving teens who seem to be having a lot of trouble coping with stress and anxiety when, on the surface, it seems they are doing well in all aspects of their lives. Lots...

Michael Gordon on Star Wars, Aikido, and Connectedness

Michael Gordon on Star Wars, Aikido, and Connectedness

Hi! Mark here. I'm excited to post this interview with Michael Gordon. Michael is a classmate of mine in the Philosophy of Education doctoral program and someone I wanted to have interviewed on the blog for a long time. He teaches part-time at the university, runs an...

2 Rules for Living Courageously

2 Rules for Living Courageously

Lately I’ve been thinking about what it means to live with courage. I feel like we need to keep mustering up courage anew each and every day. It seems like when we don’t, we kind of fall into a default mode of living that lacks passion and zest. I guess that’s how I...

8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Turn Disappointment Around

8 Questions to Ask Yourself to Turn Disappointment Around

All of us have times in our lives when we feel disappointed. Some disappointments are small like when you plan a picnic and it rains that day. Other disappointments are huge like losing a job or ending a long term relationship.   Disappointments can make us feel...

When We Don’t Know Why Something Happened

When We Don’t Know Why Something Happened

When strange or anomalous events happen to us, we try and try to find the cause.  It can bug us until we feel satisfied with an answer that makes sense to us, and it’s really hard sometimes to just accept that we might never know “why”. Still, we keep trying and...