• Deep Dives

    Entry #5: Does Our Past Determine Who We Are?

    The above line was taken from a philosophy/ self-improvement/ psychology book “The Courage to be Disliked” written by Fumitake Koga and Ichiro Kishimi. They uncover the principles of psychologist Alfred Adler in a very easy-to-read manner, laying them bare through conversations of a teacher and his younger disciple. I highly recommend this book if you’re interested in rediscovering a new outlook on life. Through modern psychology and exposure to better self-care methods, we’ve been led to believe that understanding the root cause of our problems will help us come out happier and stronger. Alfred Adler disputed this, as according to him we don’t need to dig into our past if…

  • Light Reads

    Entry #4: "Happiness" According to 5 Great Thinkers

    We throw the H word around a lot, perhaps more so than we’d like to. We’ve also scoured through tons and tons of website, self-help books, TED speakers and Instagram influencers to truly understand the concept of happiness. Not surprisingly, we fail most of the time. We get perked up and excited for about 5 minutes, then we forget what we had read. It’s understandable because happiness means different things for each of us. And it is one of those things that gets further away the moment we think we’re getting close to it. Thankfully for us, a lot of great thinkers over the past centuries have mulled over the…

  • Deep Dives,  Practical Matters

    Entry #3: Viktor Frankl on Our Search for Meaning, and How to Find Ours

    If you’re a book aficionado, you must be somewhat familiar with the name Viktor Frankl, or at least on the book title “Man’s Search for Meaning”. If these don’t ring a bell, here’s a quick summary of the book’s content taken from Wikipedia: Man’s Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positively about, and then immersively imagining that outcome. Wikipedia, as of 2019 Published originally in 1946, this book is divided into 2 main parts; Frankl’s personal experience in…

  • Self Awareness in Uncertain Times
    Light Reads,  Practical Matters

    Entry #2: Practicing Self-Awareness in the Midst of Uncertainty

    Despite seeming so straightforward, the task of persevering our self-awareness is a difficult one to endeavor. The difficulty of the task is even more amplified amidst the COVID-19 situation, a global pandemic that forces us to revamp our routines, sometimes with negative consequences to our well-being. If there’s one good thing that comes out of this, it’s that it gives us the time and space we need to evaluate our outlook on life. But how should we go about doing it, especially when we are faced with so many uncertainties? To help answer this, here are some ways we can practice to keep ourselves going from some of the great…