Mastering the Art of Politely Saying No

Mastering the Art of Politely Saying No

In various situations in life, you find yourself in a tight corner concerning a request or favor from a friend or neighbor. If such a request is not in your capability or interest, politely saying no without hurting the person’s feeling is a skill worth mastering. Some people just happen to struggle with declining such … Read more

Five Vital Strategies for Managing and Defeating Social Phobia

Five Vital Strategies for Managing and Defeating Social Phobia

Imagine you are standing in a room filled with people; everyone is quiet expecting you to present your speech to them. Without looking at their faces, you can feel their eyes peering into your skin. All of a sudden, your heart begins to race, your palms get very sweaty, and your mind races with a … Read more

The Magic of Laughter: How Smiles Spark Happiness

The Magic of Laughter: How Smiles Spark Happiness

Did you know that everybody laughs in almost exactly the same way? Robert Province, a neuroscientist and professor of psychology while observing humans, discovered that when we laugh, we have a short burst of sound about a fifteenth of a second long. If we try changing the rules of laughter, it suddenly doesn’t sound like … Read more

Mastering the Craft of Self-Editing: Polishing your Prose

Mastering the Craft of Self-Editing: Polishing your Prose

It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly. — C. J. Cherryh As writers, our words are our most powerful tools. Through our words, we paint pictures, evoke emotions, and convey ideas. Yet, the journey between a writer’s first draft to the final masterpiece is a daunting one, often … Read more

Five Simple Tips for Paraphrasing in Academic Writing

Five Simple Tips for Paraphrasing in Academic Writing

In the world of academic writing, presenting a subject matter in your own words is like adding your delicious ingredients to a pot of soup. Paraphrasing allows you to make such magic—taking someone else’s words and giving them your unique flavor. Good paraphrasing is important for an excellent academic writing; bad paraphrasing can lead to … Read more

6 Easy Tips to Ease the Daunting Move from Home to Hostel

6 Easy Tips to Ease the Daunting Move from Home to Hostel

For many students, the move from home to hostel can be a daunting exercise. Few days ago, I embarked on this transition, and I would say of all the transitions I’ve ever made, this seemed to be the most difficult one. Perhaps, because I did not plan ahead, and was juggling other assignments together with … Read more

Breaking Free from the Chains of Self-Sabotage

Breaking free from the chains of self-sabotage

“What is required for many of us, paradoxical though it may sound, is the courage to tolerate happiness without self-sabotage.” – Nathaniel Branden Self-sabotage is a subtle, yet destructive force in our lives that creates obstacles to our personal success. This subtle force has the power to disrupt our progress, hinder our goals, and prevent us … Read more

Parent-Child Communication: Vital Reasons to Build Bonds that Last

Parent-Child Communication: Vital Reasons to Build Bonds that Last

Effective communication is the key element for healthy and nurturing relationships, and there’s no relationship more vital than the one between parents and their children. Theodor Reik once said, “Romance fails us and so do friendships, but the relationship of parent and child, less noisy than all the others, remains indelible and indestructible, the strongest … Read more