Author: Rick

Unleash the power of not giving a fuck

Unleash the power of not giving a fuck

I was inspired to write this post after reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A Fuck,” by Sarah Knight. The vast majority of us today are stressed out, worried and overworked from “giving too many fucks about too many things for too long,” says Sarah Knight. I couldn’t agree more. But it doesn’t have…

By Rick November 26, 2022 0

Navigating political conversations in today’s polarized world

Navigating political conversations in today’s polarized world

Unless you’ve been living under a stone or in a remote cave somewhere for the last 8-10 years, you’re undoubtedly aware that we’re living in an increasingly polarized political world. Covid-believers argue with Covid-disbelievers. Climate activists battle climate bluffers. Woke warriors attack everybody. Urban dwellers duel with rural dwellers. Revisionists disagree with those who believe…

By Rick November 19, 2022 0

Dear dad,

Dear dad,

Sunday is Father’s Day in Sweden. How are you? I hope things are well wherever you are. I was watching a movie last night and once again thought of you. In the movie, a kind and loving father discretely gives some money to his daughter so that her husband won’t see. The couple is struggling…

By Rick November 12, 2022 0

Why do we belong to tribes?

Why do we belong to tribes?

Whether or not we know it, we all belong to a tribe. It may not be obvious initially, but if you dig deep, you’ll find your clan. Why you might be thinking? Well, belonging to a tribe or a clan is critical if we’re to become well-rounded, empathetic humans. We join tribes, leave tribes and…

By Rick November 6, 2022 0

Lifespan or healthspan?

Lifespan or healthspan?

As long as I can remember, we’ve talked about lifespan. But now that we’re living longer than ever before, another term is popping up more and more – healthspan! And while it’s good news that we’re living longer, what about the quality of those years, especially the last few decades? “Lifespan refers to the total number…

By Rick October 30, 2022 0

Why do we quit?

Why do we quit?

Some people find it too easy to quit. People who have difficulty tolerating frustration or handling occasional boredom are ready to move on when the excitement and novelty wear off, as they eventually do with most things. But those aren’t the only reasons we quit too soon. If we’re engaged in a task or a challenge that…

By Rick October 23, 2022 0

Dopamine “uncovered”

Dopamine “uncovered”

Thanks to an instinct that’s millions of years old, human beings are programmed to approach pleasure and avoid pain. This instinct dates to a time when people needed to actively seek food, clothing and shelter every day or die. Dopamine, the chief celebrity among brain chemicals, plays a role in these activities. Dopamine is one…

By Rick October 16, 2022 0

Reflections from a gnarly septuagenarian

Reflections from a gnarly septuagenarian

I’ve found that life is like riding a speeding train. Everything you experience and see on your journey gets put in the caboose, which was traditionally the bright red last car on a train (for those of you too young to remember). When you’re on the train moving forward, you don’t think about it stopping…

By Rick October 8, 2022 0

Geography and geopolitics

Geography and geopolitics

When you think of geography, what comes to mind? I can almost hear you now. “Seriously? Geography is just about memorizing a bunch of boring names, places and things worldwide. Get real!” But geography is much, much more. And what in the world (pun intended) can you do with a degree in geography – even…

By Rick October 2, 2022 0

Defragging our brains

Defragging our brains

Have you ever felt so “overloaded” that you wanted just to plug your brain into your computer and download all the stuff that’s churning around in your brain? Have you felt scattered throughout the day? Have you experienced a “WTSHF” (when the shit hits the fan) moment? I’m guessing you have. But there are steps…

By Rick September 25, 2022 0