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I truly believe that maintaining a sense of curiosity is the shortest route to joy but studies show that curiosity is naturally unlearned as we grow older.

‘Curiosity Piqued’ is here to change that.

In this publication there are going to be two types of stories:

1. Self-improvement articles with an emphasis on curiosity

These stories will explore the benefits of curiosity and how it directly affects our lives. They will also give us practical lessons to follow in order to keep our curiosity alive, and other self-improvement tips that can only be done with a curious mind. (How many times have I written curiosity already?)

2. Explorational articles that dive deep into topics and new ideas

This is…

Father and son having fun outside
Father and son having fun outside
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I’m a full-time student with a part-time job, and I can’t always eat nutritious food, get 8 hours of sleep, and exercise consistently.

This is a common problem with self-help; the advice is relevant for people with time, money, and space.

But there’s good news: there are two wellness practices everyone can access. I’ve been able to consistently add these to my life, and they made 2020 easier for me to deal with. This is despite the lack of sleep, a below-average diet, and no access to a gym.

All you need is a beautiful blue sky and a daily…

Old lady smiling on a hammock
Old lady smiling on a hammock
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There’s an old lady who sits at the corner of my street every day when it doesn’t rain. She usually smokes and has a coughing fit from time to time, but she always manages to croak “Hello!” to me when I walk to my car.

And she doesn’t only say hi to me — she greets everybody. Some people wave back and smile, others ask about her day, and most people ignore her.

During Christmas, my mom was telling me about how she wanted to get her a present for being so nice to all our neighbors. Her kindness made…

Poster saying “I’m getting sad when people don’t smile back”
Poster saying “I’m getting sad when people don’t smile back”
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I’m a pessimist. Listening to university lectures about neoliberalism has made me this way. It sucks, and my natural tendency is to have a close-minded view of optimism.

But I’m starting to realize that optimism isn’t ignorant false hope, it’s about extracting what’s good from the bad, and using it to grow.

On a personal level, cynicism kicks in when we’re vulnerable. It’s our go-to defense mechanism for when we’re about to get hurt.

It takes form in the wannabe artist who wants to be creative and share his work, but looks down and judges the people who hit ‘publish’…

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What’s the name of the self-help game today? Being in tune with time.

In other words, being present with your inner mind and loved ones around you. But also spending time working on making life better tomorrow, while holding on to the lessons of the past.

You’d think that every human who had ever lived thought like this, but that’s not true. In the past 2000 years, the first half looked back towards the “Golden Age”, and the second half looked forward to the “Golden Age”.

But now, people are starting to realize that the sweet spot is right in…

Three bottles of Corona in a snowy field
Three bottles of Corona in a snowy field
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Corona made it on Forbes’ World’s Most Valuable Brands list of 2020. In the year of the pandemic, they beat out big tech names like Paypal and Nintendo. Everyone thought they’d die because well, you know… but they thrived.

Why? Well, there’s a simple phrase on their website that explains it all: “Outside we live again.”

Notice that it doesn’t say: “Outside we drink again.” You see, Corona is the master of the brand myth, and they’ve been telling stories like this for decades.

Kevin Keller, a professor of marketing, says that the number one power of a brand comes…

A hooded figure staring at a mountain valley
A hooded figure staring at a mountain valley
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My mom is an immigrant who worked hard to start a life here in Canada. She recently told me that all she wants to do is to move back to the place she worked so hard to leave.

Here’s something she confessed to me:

“I worked so hard all those years to make it here because I thought this place would make me happy, but I’ve only found that living here makes me more stressed.

There’s more things to pay for and everything’s harder.

I remember back home I could just take it easy and enjoy life day in and…

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I had a conversation with a life-long friend of mine recently, and he admitted that he wished he made different choices in life. After high school, he went straight to college, learned a difficult trade, and landed a job with amazing pay.

What’s the catch?

Well, he spends long hours every day with people way older than him, work drains him, and he’s discovered a passion for filmmaking, but he feels like he can’t make the switch and pursue it full-time.

He thinks he can’t quit because society tells him he’s “made it”.

Seth Godin writes in his book, “The…

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I deleted all of my social media accounts at a time where the majority of my interactions were happening through a screen.

Why? Here are just a few reasons:

  • I wanted my time back; I’d spend an average of an hour or 2 on social media per day.
  • I was tired of wickedly smart algorithms; seeing ads for expensive North Face bags right after I gushed about them with a friend was rubbing me the wrong way.
  • Instagram made it easy to be proud of likes, jealous of friends, and angry at people who had too many typos in their…

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I dealt with mind-numbing anxiety from my mid-teen years all the way up to my early 20’s and there was only one way I got rid of it: I stopped pretending everything was OK and embraced the pain.

See, I was that person who thought life was all about thinking good thoughts, and if something bad happened, I’d just push it to the side in order to keep that positivity rolling. All of that ‘ignored’ negativity just sat in a corner of my brain, festering for years.

This started a snowball effect: my anxiety got worse as time went on…

Christian Pow

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