The Delusion of Separation: We Don’t Need to Feel So Lonely – Tiny Buddha

You know those moments? Those brief, fleeting moments that shine through the grey of everyday life like motes of glitter caught in a sunbeam. The moments when you suddenly feel a connection to the world around you, when the quotidian alienation of modern life falls away and color pulses back in.

Walking through the torpor of another generic day, the background static of depression distorting the colors of the world, I often don’t realize I’m on a downward spiral until I look up and realize the sun seems a long, long way away.

The spiral staircase in my mind has steps that aren’t just worn smooth from use, but more often than not seem to be lubricated, too. At the bottom, the door marked “suicide” is always standing there, waiting… and how much easier it would be to push it open and walk through, rather than trying to climb back up those endless, slippery steps.

And then, out of nowhere, I lock eyes with another person and, unplanned and unplannable, we see each other.

Source: The Delusion of Separation: We Don’t Need to Feel So Lonely – Tiny Buddha

7 Relationship Mantras to Stop Small Misunderstandings from Turning into Big Mistakes

In life, in business, and in our relationships, the biggest mistakes can arise from the smallest misunderstandings.  We can avoid these misunderstandings with a simple approach: slow down, listen to others, and clarify what they mean.  Yes, it will take a few more moments of your time.  But it will also save you from painful headaches and heartache later on! 

Source: 7 Relationship Mantras to Stop Small Misunderstandings from Turning into Big Mistakes

You Never Know How Much Time You Have, So Forgive While You Can

We are all human and imperfect. We all make mistakes. And we all have limited time. Forgive the people in your life while you have the chance.

Source: You Never Know How Much Time You Have, So Forgive While You Can

How to Fight Stress with Empathy | Greater Good

Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.

Source: How to Fight Stress with Empathy | Greater Good

8 Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Struggling with Anxiety

We all mean well. But this is a very important article on how we can do better.

“Sometimes just being there is enough.” ~Unknown It felt like I couldn’t breathe. Like someone was holding me by the neck, against a wall, and the floor might drop beneath us at any moment. I’m describing

Source: 8 Things Not to Say to Someone Who’s Struggling with Anxiety

A Philosopher’s 350-Year-Old Trick to Get People to Change Their Minds is Now Backed up by Psychologists – The Power of Ideas

Blaise Pascal, a 17th century philosopher is best know for his theory “Pascal’s Wager”, which says that believing in God is the most pragmatic decision. But what you may not know is that he had some psychology theories too. As Brain Pickings points out, Pascal found the most effective way to change someone’s mind: When we […]

Source: A Philosopher’s 350-Year-Old Trick to Get People to Change Their Minds is Now Backed up by Psychologists – The Power of Ideas

When We Love and Accept Ourselves, the World Fits Around Us – Tiny Buddha

You don’t have to try so hard to fit in. You just have to be yourself. When you love and accept yourself, the world fits around you.

Source: When We Love and Accept Ourselves, the World Fits Around Us – Tiny Buddha