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Raptitude is a blog for helping each other to enjoy being human. I write about how to get along with the rest of the world.

Owner: DavidCain

Listed in: Health

Language: English

Tags: self-esteem, personal development, humanity, love, civilization

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  • A Meeting of Minds
    on Mar 24, 2016 in Uncategorized
    In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a man takes his son on a seventeen-day trip from the American Midwest to the California coast. He tells the son the trip is just a vacation, but reveals to the reader that he thinks of the journey as some...
  • Where the Wealth Was All Along
    on Mar 21, 2016 in Uncategorized
    I keep having this idea, not that I think it’s true, that when you die you appear in a talk show studio, and everyone is clapping. A host shakes your hand and asks you to sit down, and the both of you go over how you think you did. On a large scree...
  • Life is Looking Out a Window
    on Mar 13, 2016 in Uncategorized
    The other day my friend noticed aloud that she probably knows my face a lot better than I do. I suppose it’s true—I only see it a few minutes a day in the mirror, or occasionally in a photograph. But she sees it almost every time either of us say...
  • How Do You Sleep at Night?
    on Feb 28, 2016 in Uncategorized
    I’ve remarked before how strange it is that one of the conditions of being human is that we have to collapse into unconsciousness for a long stretch of each day. This condition non-negotiable. If we try to ignore this basic requirement, we quickly...
  • The Art of Letting Others Be Right
    on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized
    My brain, like all brains, houses an unbelievable quantity of remembered information, and a huge amount of that information is stuff I’ve watched on television. I always hated Star Trek, and frequently said so, but whenever I catch a clip of The Ne...
  • A Brief Visit to the End of the World
    on Feb 15, 2016 in Uncategorized
    People mostly want the same thing, and many of us already have it, but we don’t really notice it. I have no way of confirming this, but I bet that if you could interview people across different centuries and cultures, asking them what they wanted m...
  • Thank You
    on Feb 7, 2016 in Uncategorized
    One day back in 2009, I was overcome by gratitude and published a short, gushing post thanking various strangers, teachers, family members and cats for what they had done for me. I also thanked my small but growing audience for coming here. Raptitude...
  • How to Become a Luckier Person Overnight
    on Jan 24, 2016 in Uncategorized
    A few weeks ago, a neighbor I had not yet met knocked on my door to tell me that her storage locker in the basement had been broken into, and so had mine. I went down there. The locker door was hanging open, and my bike was gone. They hadn’t cut th...
  • The Great Myth About Getting in Shape (and Every Other Goal)
    on Jan 10, 2016 in Uncategorized
    I wasn’t going to write about this topic this week but it could be somewhat urgent for some of you. Mid-January is a critical time for the fate of many annual goals, and I’m sure a lot of people are already making a particular mistake that kep...
  • 7 Years and 21 Self-Improvement Experiments: Where They All Are Today
    on Dec 28, 2015 in Uncategorized
    Raptitude’s birthday is March 15th 2009, but it was conceived in the last days of 2008. My job was extremely slow and I was aching for both a new hobby and new career, and ultimately I found both. The central idea at the time was to do self-improve...
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