No two journeys are ever alike, because no two pupils are ever alike. Daniel Quinn - My Ishmael I've written a lot about my self-improvement journey. Whether through diet, exercise, meditation, happiness habits, or new teaching ideas, I try to live my life 1% better every day. But I also recognize this journey as my … Continue reading Quoterday – No Journey Alike
After countless hours of self-improvement Youtube consumption, I can stumble upon contradictions. I remember that personal growth is not one-size-fits-all. One such contradiction contrasts deep work with the Pomodoro technique. Deep work, as explained by Dr. Cal Newport, calls for sustained, uninterrupted blocks of time for profound productivity. Multitasking is inefficient. Rather than processing multiple tasks … Continue reading Deep Work or Frequent Breaks?
Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it. -Jonathan Haidt - The Happiness Hypothesis "Nothing is miserable unless you think it so." I can see the criticism now. "Yeah, but what about people living with objectively horrific circumstances?" "It's easy to … Continue reading Quoterday – Finding Happiness Through Contentedness
I gleaned many of these insights from Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s a short read sardine-packed with golden behavior change wisdom. As 2019 dawns, the leaf-littered ground makes way for snow, and I slowly grow more layers of clothing until I resemble a waddling Michelin man, I imagine millions of people enacting New Year's resolutions. … Continue reading The Benefits of Systems Over Goals
Dear Future Me, I had a wonder that weighed on my mind. What is your friend group like nowadays? I know it’s impossible to know where you currently reside. I hope there’s a university there. But do you have a good friend group? Do you meet up for regular cookouts or cocktail parties? I hope … Continue reading Dear Future Me II
In my young adult years leading up to Korea, I learned painful lessons that nonetheless provided me gratitude. Each precipitating event slowly pushed me towards the life I am living today. Now I flourish in a new land feeling more alive than I have ever been. However, despite my hard-fought insights in pursuit of a … Continue reading Happiness – A Revaluation of Values (Part Two)
What truly makes us happy? Some say it is relative. What makes us happy varies from person to person. Others that say happiness is a choice - it results from how we elect to appraise our current situation. In other words, do we spend more time reflecting on what we are grateful for or … Continue reading Happiness – A Revaluation of Values (Part One)