Fascinating Social Phenomenon

Ever talk to someone and mention how a mutual friend or family member is doing well? Then out of nowhere, you or the other person points out something negative about the person you’re talking about? I’ve done it and I’ve seen others do it. What’s going on here? Why is it so hard for us to bathe in someone else’s good fortune? Why do we have a primal need to chop another down? I find this phenomenon fascinating and disturbing at the same time. Maybe this is why all cultures have a saying like, “Hammer the nail down that sticks


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Just Be Yourself?

If you’ve been around the self-help community, you’ve heard it a million times… “Just be yourself.” It’s as if doing so will make all our worries go away, attract the dream job, manifest a heartfelt soulmate, etc. Brene Brown calls being yourself, “being authentic.” She seems to be the authenticity guru. I’m not taking anything away from her nor am I going to knock her. She’s doing some very needed work in the world and helping thousands if not millions of people. My issue is, what if we don’t like our “authentic self”? When I made the transition to becoming


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Self-Care With A Wet Shave?

While researching how to sharpen my knives, I came across the world of straight razors. From there I followed the trail and ended up in a subculture of men going “all in”. From guys making videos on how to properly give yourself a wet shave to others doing product reviews… the rabbit hole goes deep. So I decided to give it a go. After a few weeks, there is no returning to a rushed, cheap shave. Besides getting an extremely close shave which all men enjoy, I found the whole process very meditative and a way to do something special


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