"Who Am I, and Why Am I Here?"

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, July 1 2020

In The Meaning of Life: A guide to finding your life's purpose, I explain in detail how life works and how you can use that information to figure your purpose out for yourself.  However, it doesn't mention another major question, "Who am I?"  Because I wanted to keep the book focused on helping you figure out your journey, I didn't spend any time c...

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5 Examples of How Reciprocity Affects Our Ethics and Behavior

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, June 24 2020

Reciprocity is one of the three near-universal societal ethics (the others being fairness and minimal harm; they are near-universal since they sometimes conflict with each other).  Reciprocity has evolved in social animals over millions of years—cooperative behavior increases survivability, while anti-social behavior hinders it.  Therefore, groups...

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Self-Loathing Is Never the Answer—Seek to Have a Positive Impact Instead

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, June 17 2020

There are plenty of times when you might feel so bad about the world that you might want to blame and hate someone for it.  There are plenty of things to be angry or sad about in the world if you look for them.  When it comes to broad issues without a specific perpetrator, though, you might begin to blame yourself as if you had some part in it.  Ma...

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Dare to Be Mediocre

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, June 10 2020

"Be the best."  You hear it all the time.  Constantly striving to be the best in anything that you do.  But that's not realistic in a broad sense: you can't be the world's greatest chef, baseball player, parent, video game player, driver, singer, and dancer.  Quite the contrary, you are constantly balancing everything you do—getting better in one a...

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The Meaning of Life

5 Incorrect Conclusions About the Meaning of Life

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, June 3 2020

Because the meaning of life has been asked by billions of people, dozens and dozens of conclusions have been drawn about what it is for them and for society.  While meaning is personal and unique to each individual, many people have come to conclusions about what the meaning of life is for all humans or all life on Earth. The Meaning of Life: A gui...

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Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, May 27 2020

You know the situation: you do everything you're supposed to do, you do everything the right way...and then bad things happen to you.  How is that fair?  Why do bad things happen to good people? This is a tough one to answer since it requires giving what might seem to be bad news (does that make me the bad thing happening to a good person reading t...

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8 Reasons Life Can Seem Insignificant and Meaningless

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, May 20 2020

You may experience down periods in your life where you wonder what it all means.  A tragic loss, a major failure, or a brutal setback can deflate your enthusiasm and hope for your future and success.  Alternatively, you could just enter a lull period where you lose your zest for life and motivation.  Let that deflation consume you, however, and you...

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9 Characteristics You Need to Be Successful

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, May 13 2020

We all want to succeed in this world.  The thrill of being good at something and the feeling of fulfillment and significance of accomplishing something is unparalleled.  But what can you do to be successful?  What qualities do you need to develop to achieve your desired outcomes in life?

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The Existence of Intrinsic Meaning in the Universe

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, May 6 2020

Many people ask about the intrinsic meaning of life and the universe.  Here, we're assuming that they mean inherent purpose or significance.  This is a difficult question since if they mean it literally (i.e., literally in the universe), then the answer is no.  If they mean ingrained in all living organisms (i.e., in all life), then the answer is y...

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7 Ways That You Might Be Holding Yourself Back in Life

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, April 29 2020

Everyone has asked, "What have I been doing wrong in my life?" at one point in time.  It's often hard to see the mistakes that you might be making since you are in the moment.  While it's hard to give general advice that's universally applicable, there are several common self-limiting activities that, based on probability, you’ll likely be partakin...

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