Lists of Essential and Inspiring Matters, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, What is Just?

7 Things I have Learned about Love in the Last Decade

This is Valentine's Day weekend, and my blog is called Love is Stronger. I named my blog this because I think love is one of the most important topics in the world. Gaining a better understanding of it has made a profound difference in my life. So, for these reasons, it seems like a good… Continue reading 7 Things I have Learned about Love in the Last Decade

Lists of Essential and Inspiring Matters, What is Just?

If Politics is Discouraging You

Are politics discouraging you? There is a lot of political tension in our country right now, and this can feel overwhelming, discouraging, and frightening. I feel this way sometimes. At times like this, it is helpful for me to remember that it is never "Us against Them". It's all of us against dehumanization, oppression, and… Continue reading If Politics is Discouraging You

Lists of Essential and Inspiring Matters, Philosophy is for Everyone

Five Ways to Practice Critical Thinking

Most of us have heard the phrase critical thinking before. And most of us understand that thinking critically is important. We may even have a strong desire to improve our own critical thinking skills. Despite all of these good feelings and intentions, we may not have a very clear idea of what critical thinking is.… Continue reading Five Ways to Practice Critical Thinking

Dealing with Low Self-Worth, Lists of Essential and Inspiring Matters, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Working With Painful Emotions

Five Things You Can Do When You Get Stuck in Painful Emotions

The purpose of my blog is to help people practice kindness, compassion, and respect to live more resilient lives.[1] One of the ways we show ourselves kindness, compassion, and respect is by developing practices that help us cope with painful emotions. Sometimes painful emotions are severe enough that we need to seek help from a… Continue reading Five Things You Can Do When You Get Stuck in Painful Emotions

Lists of Essential and Inspiring Matters, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Working With Painful Emotions

When You Don’t Like Who You Are

Sometimes we reflect on our life, and we don’t like who we are. We look at other people who seem to have the perfect life, and we desperately want to be them. Have you ever felt like this? If you are like most people, you probably have. I know I have. This feeling is often… Continue reading When You Don’t Like Who You Are

Body Partnership, Dealing with Low Self-Worth, Lists of Essential and Inspiring Matters

Awesome Reasons to Exercise Besides Weight Loss

Do you associate exercise with weight loss, or with wonder and pleasure? If you are like a lot of people, you associate exercise with weight loss, and if you are also like a lot of people, you don't really enjoy exercise. It is understandable why you feel this way. When we focus on losing weight*,… Continue reading Awesome Reasons to Exercise Besides Weight Loss

Lists of Essential and Inspiring Matters, Uncategorized

70 Things You Can Do This Summer to Bring More Magic into Your Life

The summer is here, and often  with the summer comes more free time. This increased amount of unstructured time can lead to both anticipation and anxiety. On the one hand, we often feel anticipation about all the opportunities for learning  and growth that open up before us in the summer. That holds the possibility for… Continue reading 70 Things You Can Do This Summer to Bring More Magic into Your Life

Lists of Essential and Inspiring Matters, Uncategorized, What is Just?

26 Things to Google Besides Politics or Presidents–Whatever Your Political Party

I really like politics. I study social and political philosophy for part of my job, and I get really jazzed about things like social contract theory (like that of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and John Rawls.) I also love researching and writing about practical political issues like immigration, human rights, environmental issues, and political theories about… Continue reading 26 Things to Google Besides Politics or Presidents–Whatever Your Political Party

Body Partnership, Lists of Essential and Inspiring Matters, Practices for Cultivating Love, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Uncategorized

10 Surprising Results of Walking Consistently

This post is about 10 surprising results of walking consistently this year. A Genius for Sauntering Henry David Thoreau has a lovely essay called "Walking". Near the beginning of this piece he writes, "I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that… Continue reading 10 Surprising Results of Walking Consistently

Dealing with Low Self-Worth, Lists of Essential and Inspiring Matters, Working With Painful Emotions

Five More Reasons You are Going to Make It: More Help for Fear and Despair

A few weeks ago, I wrote a list of five reasons why you are going to make it. You can read that here. Below is a list of five more reasons you are going to make it, even when things feel hard. I have included an affirmation for each of the reasons.  (Affirmations are a… Continue reading Five More Reasons You are Going to Make It: More Help for Fear and Despair