Inner Game: The Benefits of Journaling

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Keeping a journal will not only help improve your game, it will also improve your overall mental health, increase your level of life satisfaction, and keep you alive longer.

journal2But don’t take my word for it. Just do a quick search on Google Scholar for “mental health benefits of journaling” and check out any of the 9,000+ scholarly articles that have been written on the subject.

Below I’ve summarized three of the overarching themes to come out of this line of research that hit home with me: Continue reading

Acapella subway announcements

I ride the L train every day, and every day I hear the same recorded announcements
announce the next stop, inform the passengers that their belongings are subject to random search by the police, that a crowded subway train is no place for unlawful sexual conduct, and to “stand clear of the closing doors please.” The New York city public has grown so accustomed to this part of the city’s infrastructure that it goes unnoticed, merging together with the other sounds that constitute our city’s perpetual buzz. Continue reading

To be, or to become:

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Is it better to accept and be happy with yourself “as you are” or to strive to become the person you want to be?

hemingwayI grew up on the more introverted/shy side of the personality spectrum, always more comfortable in one on one social interactions than in groups, always more concerned with having deeper, more meaningful conversations with individuals than being the life of the party. While I thrived in my role as the “go to” person Continue reading