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Is Encouraging Positivity Helpful or Harmful?

Is encouraging positivity helpful or harmful? Positivity is a buzzword in recent years. In fact, you have probably heard people recently urging you or others to be positive, to focus on positivity, or to strive to be happy. Philosophers and other thinkers and writers have long explored how humans can be more happy. For example,… Continue reading Is Encouraging Positivity Helpful or Harmful?

Healing Difficult Emotions, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety

The Buddha on Our Thoughts, Anxiety, and Suffering

I think about suffering a lot. It may sound morbid to think about suffering frequently. But some sadness, painful emotions, and general suffering is a normal part of life. So, thinking about suffering and how to deal with it effectively is a survival skill. The Buddha certainly thought so. The Buddha was a prince who… Continue reading The Buddha on Our Thoughts, Anxiety, and Suffering

Resilience Mouse

Resilience Mouse: When We Feel Too Small

This is a message from Resilience Mouse for when we feel too small: Small things are powerful. Don't underestimate the power of small actions, thoughts, words, and steps done with love. Keep reading for Shelly's commentary. All of us feel too small sometimes--like we don't have what it takes to succeed. Maybe we feel like… Continue reading Resilience Mouse: When We Feel Too Small

Morality, Ethics, and Love

The Trolley Problem and Ethical Reasoning

I have been teaching the Trolley Problem in my ethics class this week. The Trolley Problem is a classical ethical dilemma that people, especially philosopher Judith Jarvis Thompson, have been writing and teaching about for decades. Thompson wrote an initial article about the Trolley Problem in 1985 that you can read here: The Trolley Problem.… Continue reading The Trolley Problem and Ethical Reasoning

Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Do We Have a True Self and False Self?

I once heard someone talk about our True Self and a false self. And I sensed that they were talking about something important. But I didn’t completely understand the concept at the time. Recently I was reading some of the work of psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm. His writing can be helpful in illuminating the… Continue reading Do We Have a True Self and False Self?

Intrinsic Worth, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Two Common Misunderstanding about Self-Love

I think about self-love a lot. And I believe there are two common misunderstandings we have about it. For example, sometimes we believe that to be lovable, we must do great and awesome things. We believe we must stand out from the crowd. For instance, we might believe we only deserve to love ourselves if… Continue reading Two Common Misunderstanding about Self-Love

Morality, Ethics, and Love, Spirituality and Love

Two Mistakes We Often Make with Our Emotions

This week I was thinking about two mistakes we often make with our emotions. I was thinking about this because I am teaching ethics this semester (as I usually do). And one of the points I regularly make to my students is that our emotions are not a suitable sole foundation for moral decision-making. "Expressions… Continue reading Two Mistakes We Often Make with Our Emotions

Healing Difficult Emotions, Intrinsic Worth

Why We Often Feel Bad About Ourselves

We often feel bad about ourselves. As a result, we often engage in painful habits and thought patterns connected with these negative feelings. For example, how often do you find yourself doing some or all the following things? Worrying about other people’s approval. Comparing yourself to other people. Trying to accomplish amazing things to earn… Continue reading Why We Often Feel Bad About Ourselves