How I read 37 books in 2019

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Photo by Ed Robertson on Unsplash

Happy 2020!

Reading more is one of the most popular new year’s resolutions, and rightfully so. The benefits of reading are countless and impressive.

At the beginning of 2019, I decided to do the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge as part of my new year’s resolution. By December 30th of that year, I read 37 books, which I tracked in an excel sheet.

The year before, I did the same challenge and read 21 books. Continue reading “How I read 37 books in 2019”

The demons hate fresh air

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Taken by my sister on her way to work

I’m reading Keep Going for the second time, a short book on 10 rules for staying creative in good times and bad. Austin Kleon is definitely one of my favorite writers and bloggers. When I discovered him earlier this year, I read his blog all the way back to 2012 and four of his books.

His work is terrific and inspiring.

I came across the quote, demons hate fresh air, in Keep Going and it has stuck with me ever since.

No matter what time you get out of bed, go for a walk and then work, [Ingmar Bergman] would say, because the demons hate it when you get out of bed, demons hate fresh air. 

Continue reading “The demons hate fresh air”

Happiness is other people

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Photo by Rob Curran on Unsplash

For the longest time, and I mean for a really long time, I full-heartedly endorsed the famous quote from Jean-Paul Sartre, hell is other people.

So much so, I wrote it on a dry-erase board and hung it in my room. I scribbled it in my journal. I recited it in my head occasionally to remind myself that all my emotional anguish was caused by other people.

Inspired by the happiness industry, the idea that happiness is your own personal choice, and if you work on yourself enough you’ll find it, I embarked on the pursuit of happiness solely focused on me, myself and I.

Continue reading “Happiness is other people”

The opposite of addiction is connection

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Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is
connection.” – Johann Hari

In a podcast episode by Your Undivided Attention, titled the Opposite of Addiction, Johann Hari makes the case that addiction, among other mental health issues, is a symptom of a deeper problem of a disconnected society (A must listen!). 

In other words, the issue of internet addiction isn’t the internet itself, but rather the void it helps us fill.

In other words, addiction is escapism. Continue reading “The opposite of addiction is connection”

How to stay connected post-social media

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Photo by Allie Smith on Unsplash

It has been approximately two years and three months since I deleted my last standing social media account, twitter, and embarked on living without social media.

While I am by no means an expert on how to maintain an exuberant social life, I have managed a modest social life post-social media despite not being so good at maintaining constant communication with people. Continue reading “How to stay connected post-social media”

Today is world mental health day

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Photo by Belinda Fewings on Unsplash

It wasn’t until last night, on a poster at the train station, that I found out that today is world mental health day. The downside of not being on social media, avoiding the news, and getting bored with Reddit, where I often see reminders for things of such nature.

Alas, World Mental Health Day is observed on the 10th of October every year to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

Below are six of my all time favorite articles from around the web on practicing mental mental wellness for better mental well-being. I know they’re my all time favorite because I have bookmarked them, and actually go back to read them for reference (I know!).

In no particular order. Continue reading “Today is world mental health day”