Patience: Virtue or virtually impossible?

“All we need is just a little patience.” Who knew that Guns ‘n Roses could espouse such a noble human quality. But this song was released in 1988, when the virtual world had not yet taken hold, when you still couldn’t access anything you wanted with a click of a button, and when waiting patiently was a common daily necessity. You see, we are not born patient—this is clear when you see a baby screaming his head off for food (“Feed me now!”). Patience is a skill, learned over time, to enable us to adapt to our environment that has, for most of human history, required patience to survive, and indeed, thrive. Do we still need patience in our current fast-paced, demanding, and instant access exis

Beat the Winter Blues

Winter is upon us and not everyone is happy about it. In fact, many of us experience lowered mood, decreased motivation, increased appetite, and fatigue in response to the winter months and this can lead to further problems like social isolation, weight gain and depression. If this sounds like you, all hope is not lost. You do not need to suffer through the cold and darkness anymore. Here’s how to beat the winter blues: Accept your predicament It’s winter, there is nothing you can do to change this apart from relocating to Hawaii where it is blissfully balmy every day. (Hey, if this is the realm of possibility for you, then go for it!) But if you are like the rest of us, you are stuck here,

Give yourself a creative boost!

Are you creative? You probably had an automatic response to this question. People tend to think of this characteristic as an either/or proposition. You’re either creative or you’re not. If you’re always saying, “I’m not a creative person,” ask yourself this: Are you imaginative, resourceful, innovative, or productive? Then chances are, you are creative as well. Just because you’re not the next Picasso, Shakespeare or Mozart, doesn’t mean you can’t reap the rewards gained from artistic pursuits. "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso Here are five ways you can give yourself a creative boost: Get inspired In European countries, creativ

Have Regrets!

It’s one of the biggest lies we tell ourselves and others, "I don't have any regrets.” How did this become a widespread belief and acceptable mantra? I think it all started with some PR executive with clever spin-doctory advice for celebs, “If anyone asks you about that shameful episode in your past, just tell them, ‘I have no regrets because I wouldn't be where I am/who I am today.’" This response makes sense if you are a celebrity, it’s a savvy tool used to avoid discussing uncomfortable personal matters with the world. See, if you don’t have regrets, you don’t have to talk about them. Genius. And effective. The problem is, the proliferation of this response in the media has led people to

Is everyone really a narcissist?

In the age of selfie mania, reality TV, and social media posts about the minutiae of one’s life, you’d be forgiven for thinking people have become more self-absorbed than ever before. But does that mean we are all narcissists? The term ‘narcissistic’ is thrown around a lot these days. If you over-praise your children, they’ll become narcissistic. If you watch certain television shows, a sure sign you’re a narcissist. If you talk about yourself, say you’re good at something, or you have a proud or boastful moment—definite narcissist. Just like people may describe themselves as depressed to mean ‘sad’ or depressed to describe serious clinical depression, the notion of narcissism exists on a co

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