slow down when the opportunity arises

Sometimes it’s time to slow down or stop what you are doing to take care of other things. For the next few weeks, I’ll be doing just that. Slowing down. My body has been fighting a cold, which is thankfully gone, battled with a sore knee the week before that and I have been preparing for one of the biggest challenges in my life. I’m moving off grid. You can read more about my off […] read more

10 reasons why green living is good for your mental health

Some of you may be aware of my other blog, simply stephen, about green simple living. Simplicity and green living go hand in hand. It helps reduce stress, depression and anxiety. They are a match made in heaven. Here’s why. conscious consumption – green living and simplicity are about making active, deliberate decisions. If you are aware of the choices you make, you will slowly become aware of the things that effect you. As your […] read more

this too shall pass – all things are temporary

There’s an expression “when life deals you lemons, make lemonade” and today it seemed fitting for me to write about it. If something is sour you need to sweeten it. Life works like that too. It deals you all sorts of surprises and you have to work with them instead of fighting against them. I have tons on my plate this month. I’m getting ready to go off grid, trying to find the right supplies […] read more

16 different introvert and extrovert perceptions

Reality is really the same for introverts and extroverts. As Susan Cain points out two people might equally like bruschetta but the introvert might say it is good, while the extrovert might say it’s the best thing ever. The difference is the introverts might fear the extroverts thinks they are “too serious”, while the extroverts worry that introverts think they are “too much” or “too silly”. Neither is wrong. Perception is everything. Both are just […] read more

think twice, be nice

This post started out as an angry rant. I took the time to simmer down and think about the very simple message I am trying to relay. It’s a message similar to bullying and mental health stigma. It strongly needs to be shared around the web and passed on. At the very least it deserves a debate or discussion. Why do so many self help, success gurus, managers, leaders, etc. encourage people to dump friends […] read more

steps to discover your values, virtues and beliefs

Recently we introduced you to virtues as a starting point for happiness. Developing an arsenal of virtues might sound like a daunting task. Maybe it sounds righteous. Believe me, it’s not. It’s a foundation for so much more life. Your life. It’s a good source of healing. It reduces stress and eliminates conflict. Everyone needs building blocks to work with and everyone has them. Your experiences and influences have shaped you. You can grow by […] read more

warning signs to prevent getting the room mate, landlord or location from hell

Last week we talked about how to find the perfect living solution for introverts if you can’t afford to buy or rent your own place. I hope you found it useful. Today, as complementary article, I figured we should take a look at the warning signs to prevent you from getting the room mate, landlord or location from hell. I’m here to help. I want to keep you out of any traps. If you are […] read more

an introverts quick guide to find the perfect living situation

Note – this mini guide can be used by anyone looking for a room mate but it is geared towards an introverted mind. Someone who needs down time to recharge and may not be looking for a crowded, busy house. Finding great room mates is tough. As an introvert, I’ve found that the best option is to live alone. You still need to find convenient and safe neighbourhoods. One you like. But you may be […] read more

virtues for a path to happiness

Positive people lead a much happier, healthier life. While positivity is one key to healing your heart, helping with your depression and hastening your path from rock bottom, there are many virtues to help lead a better life. Life involves personal growth. Building character. Creating a solid foundation. Philosophers have debated the value of virtues for thousands of years. Religion has discussed them in scripture and sermon. Organizations have incorporated them to develop business and […] read more

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