Bubbles are Great, as Long as You’re not in Them

When my friend informed me he was moving, I asked him if I could go with. At the time I thought I knew exactly why I wanted to go, but at the same time, a nagging feeling told me it was so much bigger than I could properly understand. Although I had reservations, I decided [...]


The Radio Silence Comes to an End

There is a lot of hype about “going tiny.” People are casting most belongings aside in order to live a simpler life. I recently decided to join them, downsizing so that my belongings only took up half of the car my friend and I drove to our new home. Although I’m not going tiny in [...]

Thoughts on Flying

As I write this, I am 10,000 feet in the sky, sipping coffee and enjoying the Alaskan midnight sun over the clouds at one o’clock in the morning. To my left, I see the sky painted in the wonderful colors of sunset, and to my right I see a man trying to get some sleep [...]

Lessons From Nature

Yesterday, I went for a walk in the woods with a friend. Toward the beginning of my trek, I stepped in ankle-deep mud that threatened to keep my flip-flop for life. After rescuing my shoe, I decided to put both in my backpack and walk barefoot. At first I was upset because my shoe and [...]

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga: what does it mean to you? For most people who practice, yoga means having a healthier mind and body. It means less medication and an improved quality of life. Yoga does many things for the mind and body. It can decrease stress, depression, and anxiety. It can lead to increased self-love and self-esteem. Yoga [...]

Unbox Yourself: Connect With Nature

People have evolved in such a way that we keep ourselves in little boxes watching little boxes, and our food sometimes comes in little boxes. This makes for a generally unhappy society because humans are not meant to be boxed. Since we originally evolved in nature, it makes sense that spending time in the great [...]

Hugging is Beneficial

If you’re not a “hugger,” you may want to consider becoming one. Hugging is proven to have significant physical and mental benefits, such as increased immune system and self-esteem, and decreased anxiety, stress, and depression. Hugs also increase feelings of intimacy and connection to other people which helps combat loneliness. Reaping the benefits of hugging [...]

Smile at One Another

While I was out earlier today, I noticed that about 9 out of 10 people I encountered seemed angry, upset, or just put off in some way. Very few people looked happy or, at the least, content. I decided to project my happy feelings so they were more noticeable. I smiled and attempted to make [...]

The Circle of Happiness

Your brain WANTS to be happy. According to an article in Psychology Today, your brain actually will reward you for being happy by doing things such as increasing your mental productivity, increasing attentiveness, and essentially leading you to think more happy thoughts. When people are happy, they are more productive. This leads to more happy [...]