Tag Archive: Character

Personas Aren’t People

The next chapter of After the Storm is taking a little longer to write than I had anticipated, but it will be posted tomorrow evening. Today I’m responding to a blog post about public personas. My golden rule when looking at a celebrity is to ask myself whether or not I would like to be…






Post Hoc and the Good Person Question

Lorena had a great question on her blog last week. For those of you who aren’t interested in following the link, she has a friend who said the following and she wanted to know how other non-theists would respond to it: I had a classmate in high school. He was a pastor’s kid and did…






Change of Heart

I wasn’t planning to share another short film so soon after discussing The Maker with all of you last week but this was a great story. There is a more traditional post coming on Monday for those of you who aren’t interested in short films. A quick synopsis for everyone who couldn’t/didn’t click play: A husband…






How to (Start to) Forgive Yourself for Small Mistakes

Forgiveness has been on my mind this fall. It’s so much easier for me to forgive someone else for making a dumb mistake than it is to forgive myself. Why? There’s no possible way for me to control the decisions other people make. I can ask them to do (or not to do) something but…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part Two

Ok, time’s up. I hope you were able to find plenty of opportunities to express gratitude to all of the kind people in your life. Now let’s take this a step further. Think of someone in your life – a friend, family member, coworker, neighbour, or acquaintance – who really irritates you. This works better if it’s…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part One

Your challenge today is to express gratitude. I don’t think feeling gratitude is something most of us have to practice. Almost every time the topic has come up organically with friends or family everyone says that they’re grateful for all of the good stuff in their lives. But I do think that we often have…






The Ethics of Being on Time

I’ve been having an internal debate about the intersection of ethics and culture. Punctuality is something I take pretty seriously. 15 minutes early is on time, arriving on time is late for me. A few minutes here or there isn’t a big deal but being chronically late eventually says something to me about how much…






Mailbag #1

Anonymous asks: I’m negative. How do I fix it? Hello! Thanks for your question. As you didn’t provide any other details here are a few things to consider for the next few minutes: Are you otherwise coping with life ok? Negative thinking can be a symptom of depression, among other illnesses. I’m not a doctor (and…






Just Try It

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people vehemently disapprove of an idea, worldview, activity or creative work without bothering to figure out what it is, exactly, that they’re opposing. Whether they disagree with something as substantial as universal healthcare or as minor as a children’s book the reactions are remarkably similar. “That idea/worldview/story/song/activity…






Sane Personal Development

Becoming a better person is something of great interest to me but focusing so intently on improvement isn’t necessarily the best way to approach personal development. “There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to…






Tag Archive: Character

Personas Aren’t People

The next chapter of After the Storm is taking a little longer to write than I had anticipated, but it will be posted tomorrow evening. Today I’m responding to a blog post about public personas. My golden rule when looking at a celebrity is to ask myself whether or not I would like to be…






Post Hoc and the Good Person Question

Lorena had a great question on her blog last week. For those of you who aren’t interested in following the link, she has a friend who said the following and she wanted to know how other non-theists would respond to it: I had a classmate in high school. He was a pastor’s kid and did…






Change of Heart

I wasn’t planning to share another short film so soon after discussing The Maker with all of you last week but this was a great story. There is a more traditional post coming on Monday for those of you who aren’t interested in short films. A quick synopsis for everyone who couldn’t/didn’t click play: A husband…






How to (Start to) Forgive Yourself for Small Mistakes

Forgiveness has been on my mind this fall. It’s so much easier for me to forgive someone else for making a dumb mistake than it is to forgive myself. Why? There’s no possible way for me to control the decisions other people make. I can ask them to do (or not to do) something but…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part Two

Ok, time’s up. I hope you were able to find plenty of opportunities to express gratitude to all of the kind people in your life. Now let’s take this a step further. Think of someone in your life – a friend, family member, coworker, neighbour, or acquaintance – who really irritates you. This works better if it’s…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part One

Your challenge today is to express gratitude. I don’t think feeling gratitude is something most of us have to practice. Almost every time the topic has come up organically with friends or family everyone says that they’re grateful for all of the good stuff in their lives. But I do think that we often have…






The Ethics of Being on Time

I’ve been having an internal debate about the intersection of ethics and culture. Punctuality is something I take pretty seriously. 15 minutes early is on time, arriving on time is late for me. A few minutes here or there isn’t a big deal but being chronically late eventually says something to me about how much…






Mailbag #1

Anonymous asks: I’m negative. How do I fix it? Hello! Thanks for your question. As you didn’t provide any other details here are a few things to consider for the next few minutes: Are you otherwise coping with life ok? Negative thinking can be a symptom of depression, among other illnesses. I’m not a doctor (and…






Just Try It

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people vehemently disapprove of an idea, worldview, activity or creative work without bothering to figure out what it is, exactly, that they’re opposing. Whether they disagree with something as substantial as universal healthcare or as minor as a children’s book the reactions are remarkably similar. “That idea/worldview/story/song/activity…






Sane Personal Development

Becoming a better person is something of great interest to me but focusing so intently on improvement isn’t necessarily the best way to approach personal development. “There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to…






Tag Archive: Character

Personas Aren’t People

The next chapter of After the Storm is taking a little longer to write than I had anticipated, but it will be posted tomorrow evening. Today I’m responding to a blog post about public personas. My golden rule when looking at a celebrity is to ask myself whether or not I would like to be…






Post Hoc and the Good Person Question

Lorena had a great question on her blog last week. For those of you who aren’t interested in following the link, she has a friend who said the following and she wanted to know how other non-theists would respond to it: I had a classmate in high school. He was a pastor’s kid and did…






Change of Heart

I wasn’t planning to share another short film so soon after discussing The Maker with all of you last week but this was a great story. There is a more traditional post coming on Monday for those of you who aren’t interested in short films. A quick synopsis for everyone who couldn’t/didn’t click play: A husband…






How to (Start to) Forgive Yourself for Small Mistakes

Forgiveness has been on my mind this fall. It’s so much easier for me to forgive someone else for making a dumb mistake than it is to forgive myself. Why? There’s no possible way for me to control the decisions other people make. I can ask them to do (or not to do) something but…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part Two

Ok, time’s up. I hope you were able to find plenty of opportunities to express gratitude to all of the kind people in your life. Now let’s take this a step further. Think of someone in your life – a friend, family member, coworker, neighbour, or acquaintance – who really irritates you. This works better if it’s…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part One

Your challenge today is to express gratitude. I don’t think feeling gratitude is something most of us have to practice. Almost every time the topic has come up organically with friends or family everyone says that they’re grateful for all of the good stuff in their lives. But I do think that we often have…






The Ethics of Being on Time

I’ve been having an internal debate about the intersection of ethics and culture. Punctuality is something I take pretty seriously. 15 minutes early is on time, arriving on time is late for me. A few minutes here or there isn’t a big deal but being chronically late eventually says something to me about how much…






Mailbag #1

Anonymous asks: I’m negative. How do I fix it? Hello! Thanks for your question. As you didn’t provide any other details here are a few things to consider for the next few minutes: Are you otherwise coping with life ok? Negative thinking can be a symptom of depression, among other illnesses. I’m not a doctor (and…






Just Try It

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people vehemently disapprove of an idea, worldview, activity or creative work without bothering to figure out what it is, exactly, that they’re opposing. Whether they disagree with something as substantial as universal healthcare or as minor as a children’s book the reactions are remarkably similar. “That idea/worldview/story/song/activity…






Sane Personal Development

Becoming a better person is something of great interest to me but focusing so intently on improvement isn’t necessarily the best way to approach personal development. “There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to…






Tag Archive: Character

Personas Aren’t People

The next chapter of After the Storm is taking a little longer to write than I had anticipated, but it will be posted tomorrow evening. Today I’m responding to a blog post about public personas. My golden rule when looking at a celebrity is to ask myself whether or not I would like to be…






Post Hoc and the Good Person Question

Lorena had a great question on her blog last week. For those of you who aren’t interested in following the link, she has a friend who said the following and she wanted to know how other non-theists would respond to it: I had a classmate in high school. He was a pastor’s kid and did…






Change of Heart

I wasn’t planning to share another short film so soon after discussing The Maker with all of you last week but this was a great story. There is a more traditional post coming on Monday for those of you who aren’t interested in short films. A quick synopsis for everyone who couldn’t/didn’t click play: A husband…






How to (Start to) Forgive Yourself for Small Mistakes

Forgiveness has been on my mind this fall. It’s so much easier for me to forgive someone else for making a dumb mistake than it is to forgive myself. Why? There’s no possible way for me to control the decisions other people make. I can ask them to do (or not to do) something but…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part Two

Ok, time’s up. I hope you were able to find plenty of opportunities to express gratitude to all of the kind people in your life. Now let’s take this a step further. Think of someone in your life – a friend, family member, coworker, neighbour, or acquaintance – who really irritates you. This works better if it’s…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part One

Your challenge today is to express gratitude. I don’t think feeling gratitude is something most of us have to practice. Almost every time the topic has come up organically with friends or family everyone says that they’re grateful for all of the good stuff in their lives. But I do think that we often have…






The Ethics of Being on Time

I’ve been having an internal debate about the intersection of ethics and culture. Punctuality is something I take pretty seriously. 15 minutes early is on time, arriving on time is late for me. A few minutes here or there isn’t a big deal but being chronically late eventually says something to me about how much…






Mailbag #1

Anonymous asks: I’m negative. How do I fix it? Hello! Thanks for your question. As you didn’t provide any other details here are a few things to consider for the next few minutes: Are you otherwise coping with life ok? Negative thinking can be a symptom of depression, among other illnesses. I’m not a doctor (and…






Just Try It

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people vehemently disapprove of an idea, worldview, activity or creative work without bothering to figure out what it is, exactly, that they’re opposing. Whether they disagree with something as substantial as universal healthcare or as minor as a children’s book the reactions are remarkably similar. “That idea/worldview/story/song/activity…






Sane Personal Development

Becoming a better person is something of great interest to me but focusing so intently on improvement isn’t necessarily the best way to approach personal development. “There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to…






Tag Archive: Character

Personas Aren’t People

The next chapter of After the Storm is taking a little longer to write than I had anticipated, but it will be posted tomorrow evening. Today I’m responding to a blog post about public personas. My golden rule when looking at a celebrity is to ask myself whether or not I would like to be…






Post Hoc and the Good Person Question

Lorena had a great question on her blog last week. For those of you who aren’t interested in following the link, she has a friend who said the following and she wanted to know how other non-theists would respond to it: I had a classmate in high school. He was a pastor’s kid and did…






Change of Heart

I wasn’t planning to share another short film so soon after discussing The Maker with all of you last week but this was a great story. There is a more traditional post coming on Monday for those of you who aren’t interested in short films. A quick synopsis for everyone who couldn’t/didn’t click play: A husband…






How to (Start to) Forgive Yourself for Small Mistakes

Forgiveness has been on my mind this fall. It’s so much easier for me to forgive someone else for making a dumb mistake than it is to forgive myself. Why? There’s no possible way for me to control the decisions other people make. I can ask them to do (or not to do) something but…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part Two

Ok, time’s up. I hope you were able to find plenty of opportunities to express gratitude to all of the kind people in your life. Now let’s take this a step further. Think of someone in your life – a friend, family member, coworker, neighbour, or acquaintance – who really irritates you. This works better if it’s…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part One

Your challenge today is to express gratitude. I don’t think feeling gratitude is something most of us have to practice. Almost every time the topic has come up organically with friends or family everyone says that they’re grateful for all of the good stuff in their lives. But I do think that we often have…






The Ethics of Being on Time

I’ve been having an internal debate about the intersection of ethics and culture. Punctuality is something I take pretty seriously. 15 minutes early is on time, arriving on time is late for me. A few minutes here or there isn’t a big deal but being chronically late eventually says something to me about how much…






Mailbag #1

Anonymous asks: I’m negative. How do I fix it? Hello! Thanks for your question. As you didn’t provide any other details here are a few things to consider for the next few minutes: Are you otherwise coping with life ok? Negative thinking can be a symptom of depression, among other illnesses. I’m not a doctor (and…






Just Try It

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people vehemently disapprove of an idea, worldview, activity or creative work without bothering to figure out what it is, exactly, that they’re opposing. Whether they disagree with something as substantial as universal healthcare or as minor as a children’s book the reactions are remarkably similar. “That idea/worldview/story/song/activity…






Sane Personal Development

Becoming a better person is something of great interest to me but focusing so intently on improvement isn’t necessarily the best way to approach personal development. “There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to…






Tag Archive: Character

Personas Aren’t People

The next chapter of After the Storm is taking a little longer to write than I had anticipated, but it will be posted tomorrow evening. Today I’m responding to a blog post about public personas. My golden rule when looking at a celebrity is to ask myself whether or not I would like to be…






Post Hoc and the Good Person Question

Lorena had a great question on her blog last week. For those of you who aren’t interested in following the link, she has a friend who said the following and she wanted to know how other non-theists would respond to it: I had a classmate in high school. He was a pastor’s kid and did…






Change of Heart

I wasn’t planning to share another short film so soon after discussing The Maker with all of you last week but this was a great story. There is a more traditional post coming on Monday for those of you who aren’t interested in short films. A quick synopsis for everyone who couldn’t/didn’t click play: A husband…






How to (Start to) Forgive Yourself for Small Mistakes

Forgiveness has been on my mind this fall. It’s so much easier for me to forgive someone else for making a dumb mistake than it is to forgive myself. Why? There’s no possible way for me to control the decisions other people make. I can ask them to do (or not to do) something but…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part Two

Ok, time’s up. I hope you were able to find plenty of opportunities to express gratitude to all of the kind people in your life. Now let’s take this a step further. Think of someone in your life – a friend, family member, coworker, neighbour, or acquaintance – who really irritates you. This works better if it’s…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part One

Your challenge today is to express gratitude. I don’t think feeling gratitude is something most of us have to practice. Almost every time the topic has come up organically with friends or family everyone says that they’re grateful for all of the good stuff in their lives. But I do think that we often have…






The Ethics of Being on Time

I’ve been having an internal debate about the intersection of ethics and culture. Punctuality is something I take pretty seriously. 15 minutes early is on time, arriving on time is late for me. A few minutes here or there isn’t a big deal but being chronically late eventually says something to me about how much…






Mailbag #1

Anonymous asks: I’m negative. How do I fix it? Hello! Thanks for your question. As you didn’t provide any other details here are a few things to consider for the next few minutes: Are you otherwise coping with life ok? Negative thinking can be a symptom of depression, among other illnesses. I’m not a doctor (and…






Just Try It

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people vehemently disapprove of an idea, worldview, activity or creative work without bothering to figure out what it is, exactly, that they’re opposing. Whether they disagree with something as substantial as universal healthcare or as minor as a children’s book the reactions are remarkably similar. “That idea/worldview/story/song/activity…






Sane Personal Development

Becoming a better person is something of great interest to me but focusing so intently on improvement isn’t necessarily the best way to approach personal development. “There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to…






Tag Archive: Character

Personas Aren’t People

The next chapter of After the Storm is taking a little longer to write than I had anticipated, but it will be posted tomorrow evening. Today I’m responding to a blog post about public personas. My golden rule when looking at a celebrity is to ask myself whether or not I would like to be…






Post Hoc and the Good Person Question

Lorena had a great question on her blog last week. For those of you who aren’t interested in following the link, she has a friend who said the following and she wanted to know how other non-theists would respond to it: I had a classmate in high school. He was a pastor’s kid and did…






Change of Heart

I wasn’t planning to share another short film so soon after discussing The Maker with all of you last week but this was a great story. There is a more traditional post coming on Monday for those of you who aren’t interested in short films. A quick synopsis for everyone who couldn’t/didn’t click play: A husband…






How to (Start to) Forgive Yourself for Small Mistakes

Forgiveness has been on my mind this fall. It’s so much easier for me to forgive someone else for making a dumb mistake than it is to forgive myself. Why? There’s no possible way for me to control the decisions other people make. I can ask them to do (or not to do) something but…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part Two

Ok, time’s up. I hope you were able to find plenty of opportunities to express gratitude to all of the kind people in your life. Now let’s take this a step further. Think of someone in your life – a friend, family member, coworker, neighbour, or acquaintance – who really irritates you. This works better if it’s…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part One

Your challenge today is to express gratitude. I don’t think feeling gratitude is something most of us have to practice. Almost every time the topic has come up organically with friends or family everyone says that they’re grateful for all of the good stuff in their lives. But I do think that we often have…






The Ethics of Being on Time

I’ve been having an internal debate about the intersection of ethics and culture. Punctuality is something I take pretty seriously. 15 minutes early is on time, arriving on time is late for me. A few minutes here or there isn’t a big deal but being chronically late eventually says something to me about how much…






Mailbag #1

Anonymous asks: I’m negative. How do I fix it? Hello! Thanks for your question. As you didn’t provide any other details here are a few things to consider for the next few minutes: Are you otherwise coping with life ok? Negative thinking can be a symptom of depression, among other illnesses. I’m not a doctor (and…






Just Try It

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people vehemently disapprove of an idea, worldview, activity or creative work without bothering to figure out what it is, exactly, that they’re opposing. Whether they disagree with something as substantial as universal healthcare or as minor as a children’s book the reactions are remarkably similar. “That idea/worldview/story/song/activity…






Sane Personal Development

Becoming a better person is something of great interest to me but focusing so intently on improvement isn’t necessarily the best way to approach personal development. “There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to…






Tag Archive: Character

Personas Aren’t People

The next chapter of After the Storm is taking a little longer to write than I had anticipated, but it will be posted tomorrow evening. Today I’m responding to a blog post about public personas. My golden rule when looking at a celebrity is to ask myself whether or not I would like to be…






Post Hoc and the Good Person Question

Lorena had a great question on her blog last week. For those of you who aren’t interested in following the link, she has a friend who said the following and she wanted to know how other non-theists would respond to it: I had a classmate in high school. He was a pastor’s kid and did…






Change of Heart

I wasn’t planning to share another short film so soon after discussing The Maker with all of you last week but this was a great story. There is a more traditional post coming on Monday for those of you who aren’t interested in short films. A quick synopsis for everyone who couldn’t/didn’t click play: A husband…






How to (Start to) Forgive Yourself for Small Mistakes

Forgiveness has been on my mind this fall. It’s so much easier for me to forgive someone else for making a dumb mistake than it is to forgive myself. Why? There’s no possible way for me to control the decisions other people make. I can ask them to do (or not to do) something but…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part Two

Ok, time’s up. I hope you were able to find plenty of opportunities to express gratitude to all of the kind people in your life. Now let’s take this a step further. Think of someone in your life – a friend, family member, coworker, neighbour, or acquaintance – who really irritates you. This works better if it’s…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part One

Your challenge today is to express gratitude. I don’t think feeling gratitude is something most of us have to practice. Almost every time the topic has come up organically with friends or family everyone says that they’re grateful for all of the good stuff in their lives. But I do think that we often have…






The Ethics of Being on Time

I’ve been having an internal debate about the intersection of ethics and culture. Punctuality is something I take pretty seriously. 15 minutes early is on time, arriving on time is late for me. A few minutes here or there isn’t a big deal but being chronically late eventually says something to me about how much…






Mailbag #1

Anonymous asks: I’m negative. How do I fix it? Hello! Thanks for your question. As you didn’t provide any other details here are a few things to consider for the next few minutes: Are you otherwise coping with life ok? Negative thinking can be a symptom of depression, among other illnesses. I’m not a doctor (and…






Just Try It

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people vehemently disapprove of an idea, worldview, activity or creative work without bothering to figure out what it is, exactly, that they’re opposing. Whether they disagree with something as substantial as universal healthcare or as minor as a children’s book the reactions are remarkably similar. “That idea/worldview/story/song/activity…






Sane Personal Development

Becoming a better person is something of great interest to me but focusing so intently on improvement isn’t necessarily the best way to approach personal development. “There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to…






Tag Archive: Character

Personas Aren’t People

The next chapter of After the Storm is taking a little longer to write than I had anticipated, but it will be posted tomorrow evening. Today I’m responding to a blog post about public personas. My golden rule when looking at a celebrity is to ask myself whether or not I would like to be…






Post Hoc and the Good Person Question

Lorena had a great question on her blog last week. For those of you who aren’t interested in following the link, she has a friend who said the following and she wanted to know how other non-theists would respond to it: I had a classmate in high school. He was a pastor’s kid and did…






Change of Heart

I wasn’t planning to share another short film so soon after discussing The Maker with all of you last week but this was a great story. There is a more traditional post coming on Monday for those of you who aren’t interested in short films. A quick synopsis for everyone who couldn’t/didn’t click play: A husband…






How to (Start to) Forgive Yourself for Small Mistakes

Forgiveness has been on my mind this fall. It’s so much easier for me to forgive someone else for making a dumb mistake than it is to forgive myself. Why? There’s no possible way for me to control the decisions other people make. I can ask them to do (or not to do) something but…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part Two

Ok, time’s up. I hope you were able to find plenty of opportunities to express gratitude to all of the kind people in your life. Now let’s take this a step further. Think of someone in your life – a friend, family member, coworker, neighbour, or acquaintance – who really irritates you. This works better if it’s…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part One

Your challenge today is to express gratitude. I don’t think feeling gratitude is something most of us have to practice. Almost every time the topic has come up organically with friends or family everyone says that they’re grateful for all of the good stuff in their lives. But I do think that we often have…






The Ethics of Being on Time

I’ve been having an internal debate about the intersection of ethics and culture. Punctuality is something I take pretty seriously. 15 minutes early is on time, arriving on time is late for me. A few minutes here or there isn’t a big deal but being chronically late eventually says something to me about how much…






Mailbag #1

Anonymous asks: I’m negative. How do I fix it? Hello! Thanks for your question. As you didn’t provide any other details here are a few things to consider for the next few minutes: Are you otherwise coping with life ok? Negative thinking can be a symptom of depression, among other illnesses. I’m not a doctor (and…






Just Try It

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people vehemently disapprove of an idea, worldview, activity or creative work without bothering to figure out what it is, exactly, that they’re opposing. Whether they disagree with something as substantial as universal healthcare or as minor as a children’s book the reactions are remarkably similar. “That idea/worldview/story/song/activity…






Sane Personal Development

Becoming a better person is something of great interest to me but focusing so intently on improvement isn’t necessarily the best way to approach personal development. “There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to…






Tag Archive: Character

Personas Aren’t People

The next chapter of After the Storm is taking a little longer to write than I had anticipated, but it will be posted tomorrow evening. Today I’m responding to a blog post about public personas. My golden rule when looking at a celebrity is to ask myself whether or not I would like to be…






Post Hoc and the Good Person Question

Lorena had a great question on her blog last week. For those of you who aren’t interested in following the link, she has a friend who said the following and she wanted to know how other non-theists would respond to it: I had a classmate in high school. He was a pastor’s kid and did…






Change of Heart

I wasn’t planning to share another short film so soon after discussing The Maker with all of you last week but this was a great story. There is a more traditional post coming on Monday for those of you who aren’t interested in short films. A quick synopsis for everyone who couldn’t/didn’t click play: A husband…






How to (Start to) Forgive Yourself for Small Mistakes

Forgiveness has been on my mind this fall. It’s so much easier for me to forgive someone else for making a dumb mistake than it is to forgive myself. Why? There’s no possible way for me to control the decisions other people make. I can ask them to do (or not to do) something but…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part Two

Ok, time’s up. I hope you were able to find plenty of opportunities to express gratitude to all of the kind people in your life. Now let’s take this a step further. Think of someone in your life – a friend, family member, coworker, neighbour, or acquaintance – who really irritates you. This works better if it’s…






The Gratitude Challenge: Part One

Your challenge today is to express gratitude. I don’t think feeling gratitude is something most of us have to practice. Almost every time the topic has come up organically with friends or family everyone says that they’re grateful for all of the good stuff in their lives. But I do think that we often have…






The Ethics of Being on Time

I’ve been having an internal debate about the intersection of ethics and culture. Punctuality is something I take pretty seriously. 15 minutes early is on time, arriving on time is late for me. A few minutes here or there isn’t a big deal but being chronically late eventually says something to me about how much…






Mailbag #1

Anonymous asks: I’m negative. How do I fix it? Hello! Thanks for your question. As you didn’t provide any other details here are a few things to consider for the next few minutes: Are you otherwise coping with life ok? Negative thinking can be a symptom of depression, among other illnesses. I’m not a doctor (and…






Just Try It

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people vehemently disapprove of an idea, worldview, activity or creative work without bothering to figure out what it is, exactly, that they’re opposing. Whether they disagree with something as substantial as universal healthcare or as minor as a children’s book the reactions are remarkably similar. “That idea/worldview/story/song/activity…






Sane Personal Development

Becoming a better person is something of great interest to me but focusing so intently on improvement isn’t necessarily the best way to approach personal development. “There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to…