Letting Go of Lost Loved Ones

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There is almost no better way to continue the legacy of someone than by letting their lives have a positive influence on your own.

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8 Powerful Tips to Improve Your Persuasion

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Persuasion isn’t just for businessmen and politicians, it’s something we all find ourselves doing on a daily basis.

In its simplest form, persuasion is just communication that is intended to change someone’s thoughts, feelings, or behaviors. This could be a parent trying to persuade a child to eat their vegetables, or a teacher persuading a student to study more, or a friend persuading a friend to apply to a job.

Persuasion is the opposite of threatening someone or using force. It’s an attempt to change someone by using facts, logic, and reason presented in a way that appeals to the specific person you are trying to persuade.

Everyone who wants to know how to influence other people in a peaceful way needs to learn the tools of persuasion. This article covers 8 powerful and absolutely necessary tips you need to keep in mind whenever you are trying to persuade someone.

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8 Things Society Says You Need To Do (But You Really Don’t)

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Everyone is influenced by society. We can’t help it. We like to believe that we are free and autonomous individuals, but the truth is parents, teachers, bosses, politicians, and religious figures play a huge role in the decisions we make and how we choose to live our lives.

At an early age, we need guidance before we can learn how to live in the world on our own. Unfortunately, during this time we can get a lot of ideas stuck in our head that aren’t necessarily helpful or true.

It’s important to question what we learn from society and what society expects from us. Parents, teachers, bosses, politicians, and religious figures may have our best intentions at heart, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they know what is good for each one of us individually.

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How to Overcome Mean World Syndrome

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Do you think we live in a mean and terrible world? Then you may have mean world syndrome.

Mean world syndrome is a concept proposed by George Gerbner, an influential professor of communication who spent his life studying how culture and media influences our beliefs and perception about society.

The basic idea behind mean world syndrome is that too much exposure to violence and crime through TV, movies, music, video games, and culture can influence some individuals to believe that we live in an inherently evil and mean world.

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Everything You Interact With Influences You (Whether You Realize It or Not)


Every little detail in our environment can have an influence over our choices and behavior. Often we aren’t even aware of these details and how they influence us – it happens below the surface of our conscious minds.

Just as you can only see the tip of an iceberg floating in the ocean, we only see a snippet of what is actually going on inside our minds when we make a decision.

Becoming more aware of these unconscious influences can give us a deeper understanding of our own minds and some of the situational factors that can change the way we think and act.

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How to Think for Yourself and Question Authority


I remember as a young teen when I first heard the words, “Think for yourself and question authority.” It was a soundbite of Timothy Leary being sampled in the Tool song Third Eye – I was probably 13 or 14 at the time.

The swirling guitars and synthesized chaos of the song along with the inspiring words created an atmosphere that was probably as close to an “insightful” or “psychedelic” experience as anything else I had experienced up until that age. It felt meaningful and liberating.

And even today these words carry a lot of meaning to me. The mantra “think for yourself and question authority” speaks to a simple truth, which is: society isn’t always right, and you have to trust your own heart and mind at the end of the day, no matter what anyone else thinks.

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It takes years of conscious practice to undo all the negative conditioning we’ve been exposed to through our teachers, parents, family, friends, peers, and society as a whole. Of course, this doesn’t mean we never learn anything positive from these figures - we do - but we also learn a lot of unhelpful things that we need to unlearn.