Humans like to feel optimistic about and in control of where their life is headed. The pandemic has made it very hard to feel that way.
Transitions feel like an abnormal disruption to life, but in fact they are a predictable and integral part of it.
Work friendships are crucial to happiness. What happens when you can’t make them?
When we think of our identities as fixed and unchanging—I am this kind of person; I am not that kind of person—we’re shutting ourselves off from many of life’s possibilities.
The pursuit of achievement distracts from the deeply ordinary activities and relationships that make life meaningful.
Life, especially pandemic life, is full of threats and uncertainty. When we feel afraid, bringing more love into our lives can help.
Higher education is often described as an investment. But it’s still unclear if it pays off in happiness.
If we want a life full of deep meaning, true love, and emotional strength, it’s going to involve the risk (and often the reality) of discomfort, conflict, and loss.
Much like contemplating death can neutralize the fear of it, it can help to acclimate yourself to the idea of losing professional skills before it happens.
What shape your professional path should take depends on how you define success.
Too often, we imagine life to be like the hero’s journey, and leave out its crucial last step: letting go.
Disappointment and uncertainty are inevitable. But we don’t have to turn them into suffering.
“How to Build a Life” is a new column that aims to give you the tools you need to construct a life that feels whole and meaningful.
Here’s how to make the most of it.
Philosophers and sages have long considered fear a tool for self-improvement—but no, cheap scares don’t count.