It’s no coincidence that Finland is statistically the happiest country in the world for the third consecutive time. But unlike the wellness trends that emerged from its Nordic neighbors — the Danes have hygge and the Swedes have lagom— the Finns have a more simplistic and realistic way to happiness.
Kalsarikännit, which loosely translates to päntsdrunk in English, literally means “drinking at home, alone, in your underwear.”
It’s such a widely celebrated pastime, that Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched two emojis of people drinking in their underwear to help explain Finnish culture to foreigners.
It’s common to seek the wisdom of people who have led remarkable lives. One such man is Keanu Reeves, who’s something of a pop-culture icon, not because of any particular film, but for being Keanu Reeves himself.
Much of what we know about his offscreen persona has been told or reported by others, in part because of his desire for privacy.
Yet perhaps it’s also why we’re so drawn to him. In a time rife with cynicism, hopelessness, and selfishness, he comes across as humble, kind, even almost heroic in every sense of the word.
With that in mind, here…
My partner was inconsolable, and understandably so.
He lost his stepfather to cancer while he was stuck halfway across the world because of the pandemic. There was no way he could fly home for the funeral, so they asked him to write a eulogy instead.
As expected, he didn’t do anything for days but drown himself in video games. He put off writing because he predicted he’ll feel even worse after.
It turns out, he was wrong. …
Privilege is weird.
It’s a great thing to have, but people don’t want to be called out for it. Who can blame them? The term comes with a lot of baggage.
But privilege isn’t all bad. People who have it hold the power to change structures, and therefore, the world. It becomes a problem when they don’t use it for good, which as it turns out, happens often.
Take for example the subjects on a DW Documentary called Volcanoes, War Zones, Disasters — Extreme Tourism. The title, in itself, isn’t optimistic. You’re about to understand why.
The documentary followed three…
In the age of information, fake news travels fast. You’d think the internet is behind this but as it turns out, fake news was already a problem before the internet even existed.
Take the story of the Cardiff Giant for example. In 1869, news of a 10-foot giant discovered in Cardiff, New York, spread like wildfire.
It drew thousands of visitors, and for good reason. The giant was a sight to behold. The Syracuse Journal reported:
“Men left their work. Women caught up their babies, and children in numbers, all hurried to the scene.”
But there was just one problem…
To date, humans are the only species on the planet capable of thinking critically about the future. Some animals may often act as though they have the capacity to think about the future — even chimpanzees can pretend — but we’re the only ones with the ability to experience the world as it has never been, but as it might be.
I don’t consider myself to be a violent person.
My rage, if any, has usually been reserved for fascists leaders, big corporations, and the billionaires that run it. Other than that, I‘m rational about things that many people will normally find inconvenient.
Except for one thing. The relentless beeping of our faulty smart fridge.
It’s been a week, and it has finally sent me and my partner over the edge. Worse, we couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it.
We tried every trick in the book — unplugging and plugging it back in, deep cleaning the interior, manually defrosting…
Fostering accountability is the perfect way to master your goals.
“If I don’t have the finished manuscript [in 10 days], I shall have to kill myself.”
He said it so convincingly, he actually believed it. In the end, it took him nine days — a day ahead of schedule — to create Migraine, the book that ultimately launched him to success.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go to the same lengths. You just have to secure a way to…
Asking for advice is the perfect way to influence others.
For example, my partner wrote a screenplay in college. Concerned that it might be a pile of garbage, he asked his talented writer friend to take a look.
“So what did you think?” he said after. His friend scratched his head and told him it could use more work. Uninspired and defeated, my partner went on his way, and never bothered finishing his screenplay.
He found out later that it was the wrong question to ask.
According to modern science, he shouldn’t have asked for his friend’s opinion. …
I decided to become an interesting person, and it was the best decision I ever made. I didn’t need to have constant adventures but learned how to move people with my words instead.
Turns out, they opened up to me when I began to be deliberate in how I conduct myself. I was brief and to the point. I actually listened to what they were saying. I tuned in and opened my body language. And I laughed at the right moments and made light of awkward situations.
But the one thing that truly made me interesting came down to asking…