Posts tagged Motivation
Keep Calm and Hygge

Year on year, Scandinavian nations such as Denmark and Norway top the world’s happiest nations list. So what is it specifically about these countries that attract these high scores? These countries continually rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness--caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance.

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A Pirate's [Guide to] Life

For a bunch of cutthroats and scoundrels, there’s something awfully alluring about pirates. From multi-million dollar movie franchises to classic bedtime stories, these rogues have captivated our collective imagination for centuries. But what is it, precisely, that draws us back to these figures? What do we find so romantic about the men and women who carried out such monstrous deeds as murder and mayhem on the open seas?

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Navigating the Maze

I don’t often get caught up in TV shows. Aside from playing re-runs of the same family-friendly sitcoms in the background while I work, I usually don’t find myself sitting down for all that long to get into a series. There are, however, a few good exceptions. Like most viewers, I found myself absolutely drawn into the phenomenon that is Westworld this past fall. More so than reveling in the dusty old westerns that used to play on our TV, I was absolutely captivated by the underlying questions raised by the program with respect to identity, morality, and the excavation of the self.

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Stop Saying "Inspired"

A couple weeks ago, my friends and I went out in the city and played a game that made life a little more interesting. Each of us wore four elastic bands around our wrists and chose one word that we would “ban” for the night. When someone said a banned word, he would hand over an elastic band to the person who caught his slip-up. If you lost all your elastics, you would buy the next round of drinks. In this game, the words “like” and “one” seemed to give people the most problems.

Today, I’m proposing that we start playing this game 24/7, and I’m officially banning the word “inspired” – but only at the end of a sentence. If you say that you were inspired to do something, you’re safe. Otherwise, hand over an elastic.

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I Messed Up.

Just typing my daily high school schedule is making my skin crawl. Some people crave routine – it allows them to structure and balance their lives in a predictable way. I’m not one of those people. I like to keep myself on my toes, and that’s part of the reason why I found my college experience so liberating. If I wanted to be a night owl, I could schedule my work and classes for later times. If I wanted to wear sweatpants to class, I wasn’t going to get detention for violating a dress code. If I wanted to make grilled cheese for breakfast, there were no parents there to yell at me. The world was my oyster.

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