One Tip to Become More Attractive and Successful

It is safe to say most people want to become more attractive and successful. Most marketing aims to play on this desire for sales, but I'll give you this little wisdom nugget for free. Let's say you work with another individual. You find yourself wanting to speak negatively about this person's appearance when you see…

When Art Imitates Life

I read an article today hypothesizing a dark and morbid sense of humor was a sign of higher intelligence citing an experiment led by Ulrike Willinger at the Medical University of Vienna. Participants were shown twelve cartoons depicting dark humor relating to suicide, violence, and other topics considered morbid. Participants reporting they appreciated the humor…

Symbiosis

When I was a little, I remember my grandmother’s plant stash filling the rear of her home, and my mother had a Pothos on top of the refrigerator that reached to the floor. My mother always had a range of philodendrons propagated in glasses of water, and we grew miniature bushes from sweet potato scraps…

When I think of the moments of elation I have experienced over some of my successes, I am astounded at the number of times they have been accompanied by elation's hellish opposite. -Steve Martin

I Love you, Man

I think it’s only natural to criticize your parents’ judgment when it comes to our upbringings. Maybe it is an innate sense of entitlement or a certain amount of self-righteousness, and maybe it is due to the inability to recognize a majority of our flaws are essentially universal. I think it is safe to assume…

The War of the Wills

As far back as I can remember, my mother has attempted to control the course of my life by reprimanding every attempt at individuality. My mother wanted me to learn piano whereas I wanted to learn to play the violin, and I was not allowed to learn any instrument if I did not learn piano.…

Not a Bologna Sandwich

The most uncomfortable truth about Heroin and opiate addiction is that it affords the user one of two options-you get sober, or you die. That is the rule of the game you play when you invite that monster in your life. I did not make the rule. It just is. My area is not well-known…

Road Rage

An astronomical portion of my job is travel. I get an oil change every two to three weeks, if that puts it into perspective. As a result, I have made some observations so obvious to me yet oblivious to half of the population sharing those roads with me. Most people seem painfully unaware of this…

The Shadow

The story of Jonah always intrigued me due to its imagery. If you don't know, Jonah runs in the opposite direction after God instructs him to go to Nineveh to preach to the gentiles. This is comparable to asking a Jew in 1940 to deliver a testimony to the Nazis. Of course the prospect was…

A River in Egypt

Carl Rogers, humanistic psychologist, postulated it was impossible to help someone if they do not believe they need to improve. The desire to improve must be a precondition of progress, and many substance abuse programs base their mode of treatment on this belief. The first step is admitting you have a problem, and you can…