Interview with Courtney Klop, Owner and Coach at Health for Happiness

Illustrating yet again that the world is small, I recently made the acquaintance of one Courtney Klop, with whom I not only share a number of friends, but who is also a health and fitness expert and enthusiast who had recently returned to the U.S. following a lengthy jaunt to southern, Spanish-speaking climes. So it […]

A Few Ways to Burn Fat and Gain Muscle Faster by Making Your Workout More Effective and Efficient

So you finally realized the value in exercising, and you took the steps necessary to build a workout routine into your life little by little. Congratulations, because the simple act of getting into the habit of working out can be one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do. As time goes on, however, your […]

#LetsTalkAboutGuns: Progress Falters Due to Misconceptions From Both Sides of the Table

“It seemed to me that constant stressing of the individual rights and privileges of American citizenship had overshadowed the equally important truth that such individualism can be sustained only so long as the citizen accepts his full responsibility for the welfare of the nation that protects him in the exercise of these rights.” –Dwight Eisenhower, Crusade […]

Happiness Is Here Now: 14 Things You Can Do to Find Happiness TODAY

Want to start being happier today? Download Life Done Write’s list of 14 practical things you can do immediately to find more life satisfaction. “When you’re feeling unhappy, dissatisfied, or apathetic, it is important to remember that happiness isn’t some tangible thing that is “over here” or “over there”. Happiness is ever-present. It’s always right […]

For Your Health: Don’t Die of Confusion

The latest season of the sometimes-all-too-accurate spoof series Portlandia kicked off with a humorous (and, once again, all-too-accurate) portrayal of a ghostly couple who—because they were so mixed up about health related issues—died of confusion. The depiction of this contradictory couple (“Sitting kills. It takes years off your life to sit. I read it in […]

How to be Single: Do the Things that Make You Happy

Our culture is rather strange for a variety of reasons, one of which involves how we experience the process of seeking out romantic attachment. We have a split-personality view on the whole thing. On one hand, we’re taught to be highly selective when it comes to dating. We’re told not to settle for the wrong […]

Surprise! The World Isn’t Ending. Now What Are You Gonna Do?

Back when I was an angst-ridden teenager I was absolutely, positively, 100% sure that the world was going to end sooner rather than later. Either pollution would kill us all, or some sort of catastrophe would wipe the Earth clean, or it would all go down in some way relating to the two wars we […]

The Game is Rigged, So You Might as Well Set the Odds in Your Favor: the Art of Making Your Own Luck

“Opportunity is missed by people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”                                                 —Thomas Edison Around the time I was finishing up college all I wanted to do was get into bartending, as many kids that age do. Sure, I was working on a degree in writing, but launching an actual writing […]

One Year Abroad: Making Changes, Finding Happiness, and Drinking Duff

Cafe Bohemia is situated adjacent to Plaza del Lobos, a small square with a fountain in which the bums cool their feet when the weather is hot. The front of the café is so nondescript that were it not for the few posters advertising jazz quartets, you could walk by without realizing that there is […]

How Making Your Own Salad Dressing Will Improve Your Life (No Joke)

This might seem a little silly, but today I’m writing about the benefits of making your own salad dressing. There are a number of them, ranging from the obvious to the subtle, and at the end you get a recipe. So, on to salad dressing…   I first learned how to make salad dressing several […]

Reading List for 2014: A Few Books that will Enrich Your Life

Books have always played an integral role in my life. I read everything—fiction, history, biography, technical manuals, philosophy, poetry, ancient tomes, plays from antiquity, and occasionally Stephen King. Since as early as I can remember, books have taught, entertained, and transported me to new places, both imaginatively and transcendentally. They have inspired me to go […]

What Makes a Good New Year’s Resolution and How Do You Make it Stick?

Whenever the holiday season rolls around, people tend to start making claims about the upcoming year. As she loads up on a third serving of turkey and potatoes, Aunt Carol says that she’s going to lose weight. A dishwasher working on Christmas Eve exclaims that in the oncoming year he’s going to land the job […]

Almost 30: Finding the Time to Accomplish Everything

  I’m going to go ahead and be upfront: this post may read as if it lacks in structure. If it comes off as a bit of a ramble, that’s because it is, and those who know me best are familiar with my propensity for a good ramble. It will be my birthday in a […]

An Interview with Raptitude Creator David Cain

I’m changing things up with this week’s post. Instead of sharing some of the things I’ve learned along my trek into happiness, here are a few words from another explorer of the territory where—as philosopher Ken Wilber might put it—the Good, the Beautiful, and the True become self-evident. Writer, ponderer, and ever-developing human-being David Cain […]

Reigning in Control Over Your Body Part III: Food is Fuel, Not Filler

Two posts ago I discussed the benefits of improving and maintaining one’s physical health. Last week I delved into the exercise aspect of this process. Now it’s time to finish up this crash-course on health and fitness with a few words on eating habits.   I ate a lot of crap when I was young. […]

Reigning in Control Over Your Body Part II: Brick by Brick

In my last post I wrote a bit about the importance of improving and maintaining one’s health, so now let’s take a look at how it can be done. This time I will focus primarily on the exercise aspect of things, so keep an eye open for another post on how to eat well. Improving […]

The Importance of Reigning In Control Over Your Body Through Diet and Exercise

When I was a teenager, I remember thinking and even remarking that people who workout and watch what they eat are stupid. I saw people who exercised and ate well as self-obsessed narcissists who had been tricked into thinking that their primary goal in life should be to look like the pretty people on TV. […]

Developing Willpower: Denying Yourself Superfluities in Order to Allow Your True Self

There are a number of significant people from throughout history who argue that our sense of will is a rather important thing. To quote just a few: “The education of the will is the object of our existence.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson “Those that are firm in their will mold the world to themselves.” –Johann von […]

The Psychic Benefits of Adventure upon Which the Fate of Humanity May Depend

Why do people yearn for adventure? Just about everyone does it, to one degree or another. For some a trip to an unfamiliar part of town or to a shop rarely visited is adventurous. Others pursue it into far-flung lands, through places torn by war and calamity, up mountains, amidst exotic cultures, and a very […]

A Word from Vincent Van Gogh: Setting Your Caged Bird Free

Years ago I came across a collection of letters that the master of epileptic sunflowers and starry nights had sent to his brother Theo, and interspersed throughout these missives were countless gems of diamond cut insights that spoke directly to the human condition, often with a particular emphasis on the plight of the artist (a […]

Attaining Happiness: How You Can Use Dissatisfaction as a Tool for Finding Balance

Every single person, from the Dali Lama to Dick Cheney (you will probably never again see these two names in the same sentence, so enjoy it), experiences varying degrees of elation and disappointment. For some, life is an easy and content hammock punctuated only by the occasional irritating need to stand up for another beer. […]

Taking the Plunge into Freelance Writing: How it Worked for Me and Can Work for You

  My friends who were perched higher in the tree later told me that, when I fell, it reminded them of the opening scene from Cliffhanger. They watched helplessly from above as I plummeted toward the ground in slow motion, letting out a prolonged shout of surprise that was drawn out like a foghorn, and […]

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