The Arousal Factor

Dear Reader, I considered writing this post about the weather. The majority of posts that I have written about the weather is basically code for “I have absolutely nothing to say!” (examples here and here). So, instead of writing something about how the air in Boston is cold and the nights are longer (no duh,... Continue Reading →

Sick with Aspirations

Dear Reader, I hope to never get “sick with aspirations.” Starting graduate school last fall was a big step for me. Previously, I had been working multiple part-time jobs that did not allow for career growth. Researching schools, writing essays, getting recommendations, and filling out all of the applications was a months’ long process that... Continue Reading →

Year of the Blog

Dear Reader, What if I told you that you could blog your way to happiness. If blogging is your passion, you may be thinking “duh!” However, for everyone else, I want to let you in on a little secret… blogging really can be your vehicle to happiness. Over the past year, I have been planning,... Continue Reading →

The Crisis as an Opportunity

Dear Reader, We’re almost exactly halfway into the year 2020! I don’t want to be that annoying person, but… how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you did make resolutions this year, this is a reminder to check in on your goals. I annually make resolutions and try to stick to them; however,... Continue Reading →

Help! I’m experiencing an emotion!

Dear Reader, In the absence of severe injury or affliction, your mind is the only thing in this world over which you have 100% control. Let me say that more clearly — you can only control your mind (i.e. not other people, not the weather, not even your own health completely). The funny thing I... Continue Reading →

[Review] Eat, Pray, Love

Dear Reader, Have you ever dissuaded yourself from reading a book because you found it to be too popular? For me, this is where my hesitancy lie when I was considering Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. Despite near universal praise for this story, the premise of a... Continue Reading →

Nature Calls

Dear Reader, Are you still able to make it outside during these uncertain times? If you are, how much of that outdoor time do you spend in nature? A new study has found that living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits, including reducing the risk of certain diseases.... Continue Reading →

[Review] The Four Tendencies

Dear Reader, There are four types of people in this world, well, at least according to Gretchen Rubin there is. In her highly-acclaimed book, The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People's Lives Better, Too), Rubin divides people into Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels based... Continue Reading →

[Review] The Telomere Effect

Dear Reader, How is it that one person can look like a college student and the other middle-aged while both are in their early 30s? Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel get to the bottom of aging in their book The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer. Telomeres are the... Continue Reading →

A Breath of Fresh Air

Dear Reader, Whoever coined the phrase "home sweet home" surely must not have spent 23+ hours at his residence for any significant period of time. My physical world has shrunken as a result of the pandemic, and, at times I feel crippled by the restrictions that prohibit us to move about freely. On the morning... Continue Reading →

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