This Too Shall Pass: Why a Peaceful Life is Found in Impermanence

This Too Shall Pass

In ancient Persia, a sultan called upon all his wisest men and asked them if there was a mantra he could follow that would help him get through any situation, no matter the time or place, in every joy and sorrow, defeat and victory. After thinking for a long time on such a puzzling question, the […]

7 Reasons Why Helping Others Will Make You Live a Better Life

Helping Others

A few years ago, while I was teaching a writing class abroad in Morocco, one of my student’s parents asked to talk to me. She noticed her son had made major progress in his writing and wanted to let me know she appreciated my effort to make the work fun and engaging. Her appreciation was […]

Stop Worrying About Making the Right Decision

Stop Worrying About Making the Right Decision

Through the course of our lives, we’re confronted with a lot of big decisions. Who should I marry? Should I quit the job I don’t like or stay in it? What major do I want to pursue in college? We worry about such decisions because they have a huge impact on our lives. The major […]

9 Things People Who Love Their Lives Do Differently

Loving Life

“Your mission: Be so busy loving your life that you have no time for hate, regret or fear.” – Karen Salmansohn I love the way this quote describes loving life as a “mission”. This word infuses the search for a life you love with the sense of purpose and importance it deserves. Building a life […]

Walt Disney’s Magical Strategy for Being Excellent in Everything

Walt Disney Plussing It

Disney is one of history’s greatest innovators. He was the first person to add sound and color to his animated films. While everyone else was making cartoon shorts, he dared to make a full-length animated movie, Snow White, which turned into a massive hit. When he made Bambi, he took it even further. In order […]

Your Beautiful Life Will Expand When You Eliminate the Excess

Eliminate the Excess

For many people, a good life is about more. More stuff. More things to do. More friends. More of everything. For me, a good life is about less. I moved from a big house into a small apartment. In the process, I donated or threw away many of the things I owned. I even donated […]

7 Life Lessons from the Man Who Saved Over One Billion Lives

Norman Borlaug - The Man Who Saved One Billion Lives

Chances are that you’re not familiar with Norman Borlaug. He doesn’t have the household name of a famous movie star or pop singer, but, by the time he died in 2009, he was credited with saving the lives of over one billion people. It all started so simply. In 1944 he moved to Mexico to […]