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Mental health

Why active listening is important

Attentively listening is a lost art. It’s certainly much harder than it sounds.

People think they’re listening when they’re conversing with other people. But most of the time, we don’t truly perceive everything. At least not with our full, undivided attention. And all of us know how annoying it is when we’re talking to people only for them to talk over us, or when they’re simply not paying any attention.

We’re often just waiting to chime in, so we can take the spotlight during a conversation. Let me explain why active listening is important.

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Mental health

How challenge leads to growth

Why is it that going through painful experiences, and hardships often makes us stronger in the end? That’s because these uncomfortable feelings spur us on to improve.

Let me explain why challenge leads to growth.

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Mental health

Why competence is important for your life

Why is it that capable people typically get the best results in life, all the while seemingly getting over every hurdle that life throws on their path?

That’s because they’re qualified and capable. This is why competence is important. Because it makes you safer as a result.

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Mental health

What’s the purpose of life?

What is the purpose of life? That’s an important question most of us have asked at some point in our lives and has caused countless sleepless nights.

Well, there’s one overarching biological purpose of life. The survival of the species. And we know that the spoils go to the victor.

This goal might seem kind of simplistic and primal. But in reality, it’s a clever and useful tool of human nature to ensure the survival of not only the species but also ourselves as individuals.

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Mental health

How avoidance behavior leads to problems

Avoidance behavior will inevitably lead to problems down the road. While it might feel good in the immediate present, it will only make things worse in the future.

This can become a vicious circle that’s especially hard to get rid of and will negatively impact your overall quality of life. That’s why we need to learn to tackle our issues head-on instead of letting them grow out of control.

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Mental health

How to stop being a people pleaser

There are people out there whose primary goal is to make your life as good and comfortable as possible, regardless of their thoughts, needs, and feelings.

Yet, this fawning behavior can have severe negative consequences when taken too far.

That’s why we need to learn how to stop being a people pleaser. This is how to do it.

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Mental health

Overcoming instant gratification: Why learning delayed gratification is necessary to become successful

We have this notion that we should be instantly rewarded whenever we do something good.

When we don’t get this immediate gratification of our impulsive desires, we get the feeling that we didn’t get the payoff we deserve. This short-term gratification that we so desire can be in the form of a compliment, a present, or anything else that pleases us.

However, learning delayed gratification is necessary to become successful. This is why.

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Mental health

Why morals, ethics and human values are important for society

Ethics are hard to define since they’re abstract and manipulable by society. They’re not something concrete that we can physically detect with our own eyes.

Yet, ethics and human values in addition to our morals are important for society to remain well-oiled. For example, telling the truth is the moral obligation of each individual to keep society from turning malevolent.

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Mental health

Equality of opportunity vs equality of outcome

Equality is a topic that often gets brought up in these modern times. Especially the terms “equality of opportunity vs equality of outcome.”

I believe that an equal amount of chances is something we should strive for. Yet, I believe that striving for equal results is not desirable, not to mention impossible to achieve.

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