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Is this helping me?

A few years ago, James Altucher taught me something that helps calm dark and anxious thoughts. Life wasn’t easy at the time. A cruel twist of fate had me walking past my new ex-girlfriend’s road almost every day after work. Grim visions of mistakes and arguments would envelop me as I passed, blackening my mood for […]

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Be careful who you cuddle

Some words that transformed my life came from Jim Rohn: “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” If you’ve spent time with other humans, you’ve probably noticed that they tend to ‘rub off.’ Maybe it’s a facial expression or how they speak. We think it’s funny or cool, so […]

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Who invited Eeyore?

You don’t need me to tell you that life can be pretty bleak sometimes. All the great philosophers from Cicero and Buddha to Louis CK have nailed it: life is suffering. Ironically, it seems that the reason that life is suffering is to keep us alive. There’s a little old nut-shaped part of your brain […]

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Don’t break these promises

Everything in life is an agreement. Whether that means we’re agreeing that it’s bad to kill people, agreeing on the price of a coffe or agreeing to drive on the same side of the road — it’s all an agreement. And the stories we all agree on are what we collectively call ‘reality.’ The most […]