The Nature Fix: Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Have you ever noticed how much more relaxed you are after spending some time in nature? People have been drawn to nature for hundreds of years. William Wordsworth was known to take long walks in nature for inspiration. Beethoven once wrote, “How happy I am to be able to wander among bushes and herbs, under trees and over rocks; no man can love the country as I love it. Woods, trees and rocks send back the echo that man desires.”

Reflection is Important for Wellbeing

I’m always struck at how much my general internal wellbeing suffers when I don’t have time alone to think my own thoughts in peace. It effects my mood, my choices, how I interact with people, and my productivity. Being an introvert probably has a lot to do with this, but I also think it’s critical to the happiness of any human to have time alone to simply think and reflect. It doesn’t even particularly mean that this thought has to

Life Hack: Keep a Hammer in Your Car

Warning: What you are about to read is written from the perspective of a person who knows basically nothing about cars and shouldn’t be trusted with fixing one. —– It was a hot Sunday afternoon back in July or August, and I was driving around with my window all the way down because my AC had broken before summer hit. I was just arriving home when I tried to roll up my window. It didn’t budge. I tried pushing the

Abandoned Places

There’s something so beautiful about places that are built to be full of people. Shopping malls, office buildings, churches, restaurants. They are what they are because of the energy people bring to each place. But what’s also beautiful in a sort of haunting way? Those same places when they are empty. Ghostly parking garages. Shopping malls eerily empty. Buildings abandoned and covered in graffiti. It’s almost as if you can hear the whispers of people who have walked the spaces.

What Would This Look Like If It Was Easy?

If you do a simple internet search on the best way to eat healthy or work out, you’ll get hundreds of different ideas. Dozens of dos and don’ts that completely contradict each other. The reality doesn’t have to be that complicated. But living a healthy lifestyle is only one example of something that it’s easy to build up to be more complicated than it really is. What if it was easy? Someone brought up an interesting idea in a conversation

The Experience of Live Music

I went to a concert last night. Experiencing music I love in a dark room full of complete strangers who are all there to loose themselves in art they love is something I haven’t quite found anywhere else. Being in the same room as the creators of songs that I have put on repeat dozens of times somehow makes the music more tangible and surreal. All of it makes me appreciate music even more. It becomes visceral and more powerful

“I Miss Molly” – A Story Found in Graffiti

This graffiti appeared overnight at an intersection that I stop at most mornings. It’s a busy four way stop intersection that many dozens of cars pass through each day. Across the street, a similar message is sprawled in the same blue spray paint across the fence surrounding a construction site. And under a bridge on a freshly painted concrete wall only a few dozen feet away from the first. Then on a road sign. And again on a wall. All

There’s Beauty in Everything. You Just Have to Look.

Rain drips softly down the window pane, echoing against the hard concrete below. It falls into oblivion as easily as every other rain drop that has ever existed, joining the slick surface and becoming one with thousands of others. Lost in an instant. In a second it is no longer a drop but a whole. What if you were to stop it a milisecond away from the earth? Stop it there, hovering, quivering, an inch above the ground. If you

How to Tell a Good Story: BE INTERESTING

Ever heard a story that pulled you to the edge of your seat, riveted until the end? What about one that was so powerful that it changed the way you think or even your life? In yesterday’s post, I went over how stories are important to communication effectively. But in order to truly be effective, you have to tell stories that draw people’s attention. You have to tell good stories. Let me show you. I had a great conversation today