What is happiness to you? What makes you happy?
I used to think a wonderful movie, an excellent book, a walk-in nature or a lovely meal could bring me happiness. But it turns out, spoiler alert: it couldn’t.
Since Aristotle’s time, happiness has been thought to consist of at least two aspects: hedonia (pleasure) and eudaimonia (personal fulfillment).
Now the problem with many of us today is when we “seek happiness”, we are mostly searching for pleasure. I’ve seen many people who mistook happiness as pleasure (hedonia) just like I did.
Pleasure is the feeling of enjoyment, being in the…
We all have procrastinated in our lives.
As a self-proclaimed master procrastinator myself, I found it utterly revealing to know that there are “great ways” to procrastinate. I can procrastinate better? Are you kidding me? I’m all in!
Then I started “the great procrastination game”.
I took more healthy naps, listened to useful podcasts, watched some funny cat videos to brighten up my day, gave myself more time to rest and do nothing rather than mindlessly look for distractions — all were, I admit, indeed necessary for my mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
But it became a paradox.
In the realm of social life, we ought to see that life is not black and white, we understand how terribly complex and nuanced most things are. As we grow older — if we put the time to sit and think — the reality of life will usually make us see and understand that most things are in-between shades of grey.
Seeing life in “grey” — or something called “grey-thinking” — means accepting life’s complexity as what it is, not labeling something neatly into our own box of perception.
However, on a scale of “oh yeah it depends” to “oh…
What is “success”? Is it the attainment of wealth? Is it the achievement of personal goals? Or is it all about money, power, and fame?
Such a highly subjective question, isn’t it?
As students, we may define success as getting good grades in school or getting top ranks in class.
Then, when we enter “the real world” and have a job, we may think of success as the ability to do well at work or earn a high salary.
If we decide to become entrepreneurs, the definition of success might be having a marketable product or running a profitable business…
I’m sure you’ve heard about how being funny correlated with intelligence. If you haven’t, I don’t know what kind of Earth you live on, but on this Earth, science says funny people are more intelligent and potentially more successful.
So does being funny matter? You heard the scientist, it pretty much does.
Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t born as Tina Fey’s humanoid clone — in other words; I’m not naturally funny and it sucks.
The closest compliment I got about being funny is when my long-time crush at 8th grade called me “silly” — which is literally a decade ago…
What are you seeing right now? What objects are in front of you? Try to describe it as accurately as possible. Take a minute before you continue reading.
Now, another question: how are you feeling right now? What emotions can you identify with? Try to describe it as accurately as possible. Take a minute before you continue reading.
In the first question above, I believe you could answer it very precisely.
You are looking at a screen, at some black letters on a white background. Maybe you tried to look up and let your gaze sweep across the room: you…
I envy people who can write an article for 15–20 minutes, create a mesmerizing first draft, and quickly hit publish with little clean-up and editing.
It’s an exceptional skill that I wanted to learn as soon as I started writing on this platform.
I’ve read and tried all the tips and strategies to become a fast writer. I tried to use outlines, avoid on-the-go editing, research at later times, use talk-to-text (which is a fantastic experience, by the way), and even do writing sprints.
But I’m still not a fast writer. …
Whether an aspiring writer or a professional, creating effective writing with quality content is what we all crave for.
Doing research is an important part of the writing process, but sometimes it can take up a lot of our time. On the other hand, not writing fast can hamper our ability to publish consistently.
When writing personal stories, we rarely need too much research because we usually use our subjective perspectives to help keep the writing more raw, honest, and emotional.
But if we want to explore a topic deeply or to offer a unique perspective on something, researching helps…
Once, a beautiful lark bird was living by the riverside. One morning, the lark was chirping a melodious jumble when a farmer passed by. The bird saw the farmer and was curious to know what he was carrying in a box in his hand.
The bird asked the farmer, “What do you have in the box you are carrying?”
The farmer said that he had worms. He didn’t know that the bird loved worms. The lark bird was curious and asked where the farmer was taking the worms.
“I’m taking the worms to the market to trade them for feathers,”…
Nothing is original. Steal from everywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.
Devour films, music, books, paintings, poems, photographs, conversations, dreams, trees, architecture, street signs, clouds, light, and shadows.
Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.
Authenticity is invaluable. Originality is non-existent.
Don’t bother concealing your thievery — celebrate it if you feel like it.
In any case, remember what Jean-Luc Godard said:
It’s not where you take things from — it’s where you take them to.
(I stole this from Jim…