How to Build a Creative Mind That Will Never Run Out of New Ideas

Do you ever think you’re just not the “creative type?” Well, it’s not true. Creativity isn’t just for artists, musicians, or filmmakers anymore – it’s for everyone. Regardless of our lifestyle, we’re all faced with tough decisions and new problems … Continue reading

Good Manners in the 21st Century (And Why It’s So Hard to Be Nice in Today’s World)

Never before in our history has it been easier to treat people like crap then get away with it. This is because we’ve evolved in very small groups and tribes, typically no more than 150 people. Everyone knew each other. … Continue reading

How to Defuse Heated Arguments Before They Spiral Out of Control

When you’re in a heated argument, it’s easy to lose control of yourself quickly. We often say something we don’t really mean. We do something we immediately regret. And we damage trust and respect in a way that’s hard to … Continue reading

Metaphors We Live By: How Metaphors Frame Our Experiences in Different Ways

Metaphors are a way to explain one experience in terms of another experience. For example, think of the metaphor “The movie was a roller-coaster.” In this metaphor, we are comparing the experience of watching a movie to the experience of … Continue reading

The Power of Seeing Things as They Are (Not How We Want to See Them)

Over the past century, psychology has discovered a lot about how individuals can live happier and more successful lives. A lot of this research is covered in the many articles I write for The Emotion Machine. But what’s just as … Continue reading