Experience Is the Glue

Experience is the teacher that helps us embody and benefit from our intellectual realizations. Lessons we learn through experience stick with us and become part of our muscle memory and, eventually, new behavior. Mental recognition of a truth is very different from...

Life Is the Best Teacher

Life itself is the best teacher if you’re willing to look for lessons in every experience you have. Just like knowing the rules of a game, understanding the laws that govern the Universe helps you navigate your way forward. Scientists try to discover these laws...

Substitute for Complaining

Sometimes it’s easier to just complain about something rather than take a more in-depth approach and try to comprehend what’s actually going on. However, expanding our perspective beyond our personal self-interest can help us understand the rationale and...

Not About Us

When we encounter someone who seems hostile and critical, it’s tempting to retaliate by immediately creating a story about how they don’t measure up to our standards, either. But that takes a perceived (or imagined) slight and turns it into something real....

What Our Brains Reveal

Pulling oneself up by the bootstraps isn’t equally easy for everyone. A study of 83,000 brain scans revealed that criminal behavior, depression and mental illness often result from some form of brain injury. The study showed that treating the specific type of...

Context Is King

How we feel about others’ behavior depends on how we view their motivations. If we¬†assume that they’re selfishly acting at our expense or even intentionally trying to do something to us, we’ll feel suspicious, manipulated or victimized. But the truth...