• The 2-Word Concept That Makes Everything You Do Feel Effortless

    A few months ago, a 15-minute run changed my life forever. For the first time in my life, I experienced the true power of Wu Wei. I know, I know, it sounds stupid. But let me explain. I used to have a toxic relationship with running. On every run, I’d tell myself, “You have to […]

  • 3 Simple Ways to Become a Minimalist (Without Selling All Your Stuff)

    One of the biggest misconceptions about minimalism is that you should basically own nothing. The strange vibe I often get from articles, videos, or pictures boils down to this: “If you own more than 100 items, you’re not a minimalist.” “If you wear more than one outfit, you’re not a minimalist.” “If you cling to […]

  • This Is the (Crucial) Difference Between Loneliness and Being Alone

    The language we use to talk about loneliness (if we ever talk about it) is like scrambled eggs. We put all the vocabulary in a humungous frying pan, give it a sturdy whisk, and add ingredients according to our fantasy and imagination. For instance, a friend recently told me, “I like being lonely.” But what […]

  • The 3 Types of Loneliness: A Simple Model for Deeper Connections

    One of the most frustrating things about loneliness? It’s complex. Everyone experiences different kinds of loneliness in different stages of their lives. Loneliness is not a lightbulb we can turn on and off; it’s a vast spectrum of brightness, colors, and temperatures. But that doesn’t mean we’re powerless. Quite the opposite: With just a few […]

  • 3 Huge Misconceptions About Loneliness

    The first time I remember feeling lonely — really lonely — was when I moved out from home. I was 18 and felt like the whole world was at my feet. My grand vision was to become an engineer, earn lots of money, and travel the world. And while two of these things happened (not the money), I was […]

  • Mental Minimalism: 4 Simple Ways to Declutter Your Mind

    Once upon a time, a student visited a wise master to learn about Zen. The master welcomed him and said, “Sure, let’s talk about this over some tea.” He poured the student a cup of tea and kept pouring until the cup was overflowing. Not sure what to do, the student watched the spilling tea […]

  • Why We’re Doomed to Be Unhappy (But That’s Okay)

    Let’s be completely honest here: We spend most of our lives doomed to be unhappy. In the summer it’s too hot. During winter it’s too cold. Everything in between is too inconsistent and unpredictable. We crave relationships. But once we get into them, we complain that they’re messy and complicated. We like the idea of […]

  • Why Reading ‘The 48 Laws of Power’ Is a Huge Waste of Time

    Goodreads rating: 4.15 Stars. Over 1.2 million copies sold in the US alone. Recommended by Will Smith, Kanye West, and Michael Jackson. I desperately searched for a silver lining in The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. Unfortunately, though, I hated every second of reading this treasure map to hell. I can’t tell you […]

  • Effortless Journaling: How to Start Journaling and Stick to It

    Journaling is the most valuable habit I’ve ever discovered. Everything good in my life — improved mental health, sharper writing, greater happiness, better decisions — I can trace all these things back to keeping a journal for the past five years. This is because journaling is a highly effective keystone habit. What does that mean? Charles Duhigg tells us […]

  • 4 Addictive Books for Short Attention Spans

    Whenever I feel my attention span dwindling, I turn to these four books. They’re highly condensed, edited to the maximum, and hook your attention on every page. Plus, they’re made up of stand-alone chapters so you can flip them open and start wherever you like. These quietly addictive books are ideal if you want to […]