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40 Simple Yet Beautiful Moments You Forget to Appreciate

The richest human isn’t the one who has the most, but the one who needs less. Wealth is a mindset. Want less and appreciate more today. As we enter another holiday season, we will inevitably be bombarded with flashy advertisements and gift buying guides championing the latest and greatest gadgets, jewelry, cars, and more. And while I’m not against...

20 Quotes and Notes We Need to Read 20 Times a Day Until They Sink In

Happiness doesn’t start with a relationship, a vacation, a job… or an election. It starts with your thinking and what you tell yourself today. Remind yourself of this truth. And remind yourself that the absolute best lessons we learn in life are the lessons we learn over and over again. The human mind needs lots of proactive reminders—lots of practice—to...

10 Quotes for Letting Go of “How Life Should Be”

When life has to be a certain way in order to be good enough for us, we close ourselves off from so many of the real and present opportunities available. On the contrary, when we let go of the way it “should be,” we free our minds to deal with life’s unexpected changes, challenges and chaos in the most effective way possible… We create space for acceptance,...

Asking the Right Questions is the Answer: 10 Things We Forget About Our Own Ignorance

Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers. Because asking the right questions today is the answer. It’s a harsh fact that every one of us is ignorant in some way. Although we tend to pretend otherwise, it’s impossible to know it all. Ignorance is our biggest collective secret. And it’s one of the scariest and most damaging realities...

How to Begin Again After an Unexpected Ending

As you struggle forward in the days and weeks ahead, remind yourself, it is far better to be exhausted from lots of effort, learning and growth, than it is to be tired of doing absolutely nothing. In 1914, the great inventor Thomas Edison experienced a devastating hardship. His entire laboratory burned down to the ground, and several years worth...

3 Ways to Break Through When You’re Burning Out and Ready for a Change

In the midst of particularly hard days when I feel that I can’t endure, I remind myself that my track record for getting through hard days is 100% so far. On my birthday many moons ago, when Google and I were both a lot younger, I Googled “how to change your life when you’re burning out” to see what would come up. I had been feeling hopelessly trapped...

1 Tiny Yet Hard Step You Need to Take for Yourself

Too often people overestimate the significance of one big defining moment and underestimate the value of making good decisions and tiny steps of progress on a daily basis. You’re probably familiar with what’s known as the Serenity Prayer. It goes like this: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the...

2 Quick Stories that Will Change the Way You Show Up in Your Relationships

Compliment people. Sometimes you will say something really small and simple, but it will fit right into an empty space in someone’s heart. This morning, I shared two quick stories on Zoom with a small group of digital Think Better, Live Better conference attendees. “I appreciate the perspective, and the invitation to change how I show up in my relationships,”...

7 Difficult Things You Should Start Doing for the People Around You

We are all in this together, so always be kinder than necessary. What goes around comes around. No one has ever made themselves strong by showing how small someone else is. Everyone you meet is learning something, is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something. Know this. And be extra kind today. In other words, don’t just preach online....

An Open Letter to Those Who Want to Make a Bigger Difference Right Now

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi This short article was inspired by an email we received this morning from a new course student: Dear Marc and Angel, I’m a single mom to two wonderful teenagers, and I’m also a (rather passionate) domestic violence attorney. Although I’ve been told I do a great job on both fronts, I wish...

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