How To Validate

Cultivating your superpowers. Being able to validate is a superpower. It makes people feel warm and fuzzy inside. “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”-William James. If craving appreciation is the deepest, the foundation beneath that is the craving for acknowledgment. We cannot appreciate something without first acknowledging it. WhatContinue reading “How To Validate”

How To Be Friends With Your Family

Everyone is trying to connect. Whatever behavior manifests, remember that. Assume best intentions and own impact- this goes for yourself and them. No, you don’t know better. No, they don’t know better. If people knew better, they would do better, so be gentle. Practice listening rather than practicing fixing. Compliment often, and genuinely. Acknowledge theContinue reading “How To Be Friends With Your Family”

Making the World Smaller

Cities often seem unfriendly relative to small towns. What gives? I’ve spoken with several folks about the dichotomy in friendliness between small towns and dense urban centers. I suspect it’s due to our threat detection systems. Let’s say that 1 in 1,000 people is a criminal, for example. In a town of 30,000 people, thatContinue reading “Making the World Smaller”