Tag Archive: Habit

Feb 03

Alligators and Kittens

I really like kittens. They are cute, cuddly, and in general good company. They are easy to take care of. Eventually they grow up into cats which are usually cute as well, although perhaps a little passive aggressive at times. They eat very little, will use a litter box with no prompting and will even …

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Sep 14

Experiment: Video Games, Kettlebells and a Half Marathon

I know that title doesn’t make sense right now, but it will in a minute. The blogposts have been kind of serious and heavy these last few weeks, so I thought I would lighten it up a bit with a ridiculous experiment I dreamed up the other day. It’s been while since I’ve done any …

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Apr 29

Experiment: Abstaining From Alcohol

  It was New Year’s Day a little over three years ago.  I rolled out of bed a little groggy from the celebration the night before – not skull crushing hangover, but enough malaise to realize I was not at 100% of my potential. I felt a little better after a glass of water and …

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Apr 12

How to Live a Life of Quiet Desperation

Most of us will get there soon enough just by doing what we are doing. Or perhaps you have been living it for some time now and wonder how it came to this. The lucky few who have escaped can read on with bemusement. Thoreau put it so brilliantly:   The mass of men lead …

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Mar 21

The Power of Creating Art

The power of creating art only recently entered my mind, as it is something I seemed to unlearn at some point in my development. We are all born with an innate ability and desire to create art. We are drawn to painting, coloring, smashing clay or play-dough. Even as infants we are fascinated by the …

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Mar 12

Intermission

It was mid-morning, maybe 9:00 or so, and it was too nice of a day not to be outside. I go for a walk on most days I’m not working. It is a form of mediation for me. I never grow tired of my walk even though I have been on the route hundreds of …

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Feb 29

Increase Your Awesomeness With This One Simple Trick

  Imagine for a moment I developed a pill that could reduce stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, insomnia and fatigue. It could improve hypertension and symptoms of psoriasis, as well as boost your immune function, creativity, focus, empathy and memory. It will improve your relationships and generally make you a more pleasant person to be …

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Feb 23

Decluttering: Philosopher Ninja Style

  This last summer I was introduced to an odd little book by Marie Kondo titled The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. A friend of mine read this book and was in the process of decluttering – and by decluttering I don’t mean sorting through the junk drawer …

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Jan 12

1,300,000,000 ways to be less happy

Normally I don’t seek out news, but sometimes just being on the internet you can’t help but become aware of some trendy current event that has the country in a buzz of excitement. This week the Powerball lottery jackpot grew to1.3 billion dollars, yes billion with a ‘B’. Now happy philosophers do NOT play the …

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Jan 01

Making a Commitment

Making a Commitment: I intended to write my ideas for a while now, but it has taken me a long time to actually start typing. In fact, six months or so have passed since I made that initial ‘commitment’ yet I didn’t start until recently. It turns out I did not really make that commitment …

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