Pursuing the Excellent Life

Ideas, values, and living life well

Jan. 29, 2023

Comfort Is The Enemy

  Today I'm bringing you the first of a new kind of article, which I'm calling 5 Minute Flourishing. These are gonna be short, focused articles. I'll release them in between the regular articles. I'm doing this because I want you to keep flour…

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Well, here we are in another new year. Who knows what 2023 will bring? Regardless of what it brings, you can flourish if you see your possibilities, not your limitations. In this article, I explain why this is, and how you shift your mindset to see …

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Dec. 15, 2022

Happy Holidays?

In this article I talk about the very real phenomenon of the holiday blues and offer some suggestions about how you can cope with feelings of loneliness and depression around the holidays.   Holiday Season Well, it's the holiday season. Chri…

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Dec. 14, 2022

Conflict Management

Effectively managing conflict isn’t always easy, but it’s always important. In this article, I share four useful approaches for managing conflict, and how to choose the right approach for any situation. I also provide some general tips o…

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If you interact with other people, and who doesn’t, at some point, you’ll encounter conflict. In this article, I help you understand how conflict comes about, how some conflict is good and some is bad, and what the consequences of confli…

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  In this Live Well and Flourish article, I wrap up a three-post series on the relationship between incivility and flourishing by talking about how incivility harms not only your individual flourishing, but also our collective flourishing as a…

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  In the last Live Well and Flourish article, I discussed an incident of considerable incivility I witnessed recently, and talked about how incivility is fruitless. In this article I focus on how incivility in many ways is the opposite of flou…

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  Recently, I observed a mighty Twitter battle between monsters and snowflakes … a mighty pointless battle. Something happened, one group claimed that there were monsters in their midst, and another group mocked the first group for bein…

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You’re going to face moral dilemmas. They’re inevitable and they’re hard to deal with. In this Live Well and Flourish article, practical philosopher Dr. Andrea Christelle and Dr. Craig Van Slyke share insights on how to deal with m…

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Nov. 11, 2022

Moral Dilemmas

Sometimes life brings us a decision for which there is no clear moral choice. In this article, practical philosopher Dr. Andrea Christelle, co-founder of Sedona Philosophy Experience and Dr. Craig Van Slyke discuss moral dilemmas -- what makes them …

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