Tag: Philosophy

Feb 15

A Brief Observation on Shame

Shame and Identity

Shame and Identity After reading my last article someone sent me the following comment: When someone asks me what I do or a living, I feel a certain degree of shame. It feels like I am not only afraid of being judged by others, but I am afraid of judging my own identity. Shame is …

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Feb 10

Be What You Are

Be what you are, not what you do. The first question a stranger asks us at a party is usually “So, what do you do?” They are specifically asking what you do for a living, or alternatively phrased “What activity to you trade your life energy for that gives you money in return”. Why is …

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Feb 02

Cycles

Cycles

An interesting way to look at our existence is the realization that much of our experiences exists in cycles; day and night, seasons, life and death, economic boom and bust, political cycles, etc. On a personal level there are cycles within us; alternation between sadness and joy, tension and relaxation, excitement and boredom. Basic human …

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Jan 27

Loneliness

lonely bench

Loneliness… I’m a contemplative guy. I think a lot about, well, nearly everything. I think about thinking and then…well I think about that. It’s safe to say that there are few topics I have not given at least some passing thought to. Sometimes though, a question is asked that causes me to pause and realize …

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Jan 21

Kill Your Television!

Kill Your Television: Flickr

  I used to watch a lot of television. It seemed natural. Everyone else did it and being a social creature and wanting to fit in I went along. I’ve since learned there are few things in our lives that are such a destructive force to our time, money and happiness. I actually still own …

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Jan 15

How a Podcast Can Change the World

Beauty everywhere

  A turning point. One morning, a few months ago I was listening to a podcast. It was an interview of JB Glossinger, a guy I’d never heard of. He is a coach/author/podcaster focusing on lifestyle design. Now I was listening to a lot of podcasts at the time and this one was good. Not …

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Jan 12

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

Math is hard! Not playing the lottery is easy!

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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Dec 12

Take Action

Take action

Take action. I start with this simple lesson because perhaps it is the most important. Nothing else is possible without actually doing. We cannot live our lives in our thoughts. We must do. Throughout this journey we will learn to turn off the voice in our head that discourages us from improving our lives (or …

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Dec 06

Welcome To The Happy Philosopher

thehappyphilosopher.com

Welcome to my desolate little corner of the internet. It is said that all good things must come to an end, but this also means that at some point they have a beginning. That is what this first post is.   Maybe I should back-up a few steps and tell you the point of all …

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