The Archive

Welcome to the archive. Here you’ll find thousands of pages of life advice on personal values, emotional intelligence, relationships, finding purpose, and much more. You can browse the archive based on category below. Also, everything published on the site is listed in reverse chronological order. Enjoy.

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June 1Jun 1 How to Make Sense of the Chaos and Uncertainty
May 25May 25 The Dangers of Distrust  (Subscribers Only)
May 25May 25 5 Ways to Build Resilience and Conquer Adversity
April 27Apr 27 Nobody Knows What Is Going On
April 5Apr 5 Surviving the Looming Mental Health Crisis
March 26Mar 26 Ask Mark Anything #11  (Subscribers Only)
March 16Mar 16 6 Books that Will Help You Grow from Your Pain
March 10Mar 10 Coronavirus: The Real Risks and Human Biases behind the Panic
February 24Feb 24 How to Forgive but Not Forget
February 3Feb 3 The Great “Meaning” Trend  (Subscribers Only)
February 3Feb 3 How to Let Go of Your Regrets
January 20Jan 20 Why You Should Quit the News
December 30Dec 30 My 2019 in Review… And 62 Book Reviews  (Subscribers Only)
December 30Dec 30 10 Important Lessons We Learned from the 2010s
December 8Dec 8 The 3 Paradoxes of Life
November 24Nov 24 How to Overcome Your Demons
November 24Nov 24 Ask Mark Anything #10  (Subscribers Only)
November 11Nov 11 How to Build Self-Esteem (And Does it Even Matter?)
October 28Oct 28 Three Months Later: Does the Attention Diet Work?  (Subscribers Only)
October 28Oct 28 How to Be Patient in an Impatient World
October 11Oct 11 The Death of Tourism – Thoughts After 10 Years of World Travel  (Subscribers Only)
August 19Aug 19 Ask Mark Anything #9  (Subscribers Only)
August 14Aug 14 5 Relationship Books Everyone Should Read
August 13Aug 13 Vulnerability: The Key to Better Relationships
July 11Jul 11 The Best Parts of Travel Are the Things You Don’t Remember  (Subscribers Only)
July 11Jul 11 No, You Can’t Make a Person Change
June 27Jun 27 The Attention Diet
May 14May 14 #FakeFreedom
April 29Apr 29 The Paradox of Progress  (Subscribers Only)
April 29Apr 29 The Uncomfortable Truth
April 15Apr 15 Ask Mark Anything #8  (Subscribers Only)
March 14Mar 14 Is No One Safe from the Bullshit?  (Subscribers Only)
February 8Feb 8 If Self-Discipline Feels Difficult, Then You’re Doing It Wrong
February 7Feb 7 Ask Mark Anything #7  (Subscribers Only)
December 31Dec 31 The 2018 End of Year Recap — Oh, and 63 Book Reviews  (Subscribers Only)
December 31Dec 31 5 Books That Explain Why It Seems the World Is So Fucked
November 5Nov 5 Ask Mark Anything #6  (Subscribers Only)
October 16Oct 16 Why We Hold On to Bad Beliefs  (Subscribers Only)
September 14Sep 14 Ask Mark Anything #5  (Subscribers Only)
September 13Sep 13 Why Being an Asshole Can Be a Valuable Life Skill
August 16Aug 16 How I Ended Up Working with Will Smith  (Subscribers Only)
August 16Aug 16 The One Rule for Life
July 19Jul 19 Stop Trying to Change Yourself
June 7Jun 7 Why the Best Things in Life Are All Backwards
May 31May 31 Ask Mark Anything #4  (Subscribers Only)
May 3May 3 Fuck Your Perfectionism  (Subscribers Only)
May 3May 3 The Three Levels of Self-Awareness
April 5Apr 5 On Rock Music and Writing: The Fight to Stay Creative in the Face of Success  (Subscribers Only)
April 5Apr 5 6 Things People Should Give Fewer Fucks About
March 1Mar 1 How to Grow the Fuck Up: A Guide to Humans
February 14Feb 14 3 Terrible Reasons to Get Married (And 4 Really Good Ones)
February 14Feb 14 Ask Mark Anything #3  (Subscribers Only)
January 25Jan 25 How to Let Go: Learning to Deal with Loss
December 28Dec 28 My 10 Favorite Books of 2017  (Subscribers Only)
December 27Dec 27 5 Best Books for Dealing with Anxiety and Depression
November 30Nov 30 Why You Should Read Fiction  (Subscribers Only)
November 30Nov 30 Fuck Your Feelings
November 16Nov 16 10 Cool Things About the Brain and What It Means For You  (Subscribers Only)
November 16Nov 16 The Fear of Missing Out: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Instagram
October 27Oct 27 Ask Mark Anything #2  (Subscribers Only)
October 26Oct 26 How to Grow from Your Pain
October 5Oct 5 3 Simple Ideas That Will Make You Smarter Than Most People  (Subscribers Only)
October 5Oct 5 The Real Value of Money
September 21Sep 21 When to Break Up With Someone and When to Stick It Out
September 14Sep 14 The Most Important Skill in Life  (Subscribers Only)
September 14Sep 14 Happiness Is Not Enough
September 1Sep 1 How to Get Over Someone and Move On with Your Life
August 18Aug 18 How to Become a Better Learner  (Subscribers Only)
August 17Aug 17 A Brief History of Romantic Love and Why It Kind of Sucks
July 20Jul 20 What’s the Point of Self-Improvement Anyway?
July 18Jul 18 Ask Mark Anything #1  (Subscribers Only)
June 22Jun 22 What’s the Problem with Feminism?
June 1Jun 1 The Creative Advantages of Ignorance  (Subscribers Only)
June 1Jun 1 What’s the Problem with Masculinity?
May 12May 12 How To Be More Productive by Working Less
April 28Apr 28 The Paradox of Success  (Subscribers Only)
April 27Apr 27 The Surprising Benefits of Being (Slightly) Crazy
April 13Apr 13 Smartphones Are the New Cigarettes
March 31Mar 31 Further Reading and References for The Subtle Art  (Subscribers Only)
March 30Mar 30 Life Is a Video Game—Here Are the Cheat Codes
March 9Mar 9 Reflections on Aging  (Subscribers Only)
February 23Feb 23 The World Is Fucked and I’m Pretty Sure It’s the Internet’s Fault
February 10Feb 10 The 5 Levels of Friendship  (Subscribers Only)
February 9Feb 9 The Disease of More
February 9Feb 9 5 Keys to Becoming a Great Writer  (Subscribers Only)
February 9Feb 9 Viral Victories: How to Win on Social Media  (Subscribers Only)
January 26Jan 26 The Responsibility/Fault Fallacy
January 19Jan 19 11 Shitty Things We All Do But Never Admit
December 31Dec 31 The Most Important Year of My Life  (Subscribers Only)
December 15Dec 15 6 Books that Make You Less of a Horrible Person
December 9Dec 9 3 Unexpected Benefits of Marriage  (Subscribers Only)
December 8Dec 8 1,500 People Give All the Relationship Advice You’ll Ever Need
November 1Nov 1 The Real Cost of Freedom  (Subscribers Only)
October 27Oct 27 The American Dream Is Killing Us
October 20Oct 20 3 Important Life Skills Nobody Ever Taught You
August 26Aug 26 The Need to Always Prove Yourself in America  (Subscribers Only)
August 24Aug 24 The Feedback Loop from Hell
August 2Aug 2 3 Core Components of a Healthy Relationship  (Subscribers Only)
July 28Jul 28 Is It Just Me, Or Is the World Going Crazy?
July 18Jul 18 The Liberation of Not Knowing  (Subscribers Only)
June 30Jun 30 9 Steps to Hating Yourself a Little Less
June 16Jun 16 I, For One, Welcome Our AI Overlords
June 9Jun 9 The Future of Self
June 2Jun 2 Living In The Age of Outrage
May 19May 19 The Virtue of Doubt
May 11May 11 My Writing Process  (Subscribers Only)
May 11May 11 Brilliant or Bullshit: MBTI Personality Tests  (Subscribers Only)
May 5May 5 Why You Can’t Trust Yourself
March 31Mar 31 How Your Insecurity Is Bought and Sold
March 17Mar 17 What Love Is (And What it Isn’t)
February 11Feb 11 An Open Letter To Brazil  (versão em português)
January 28Jan 28 5 Massive Books that Are Worth Your Time
January 7Jan 7 Your Goals Are Overrated
December 17Dec 17 Shut Up and Be Patient
November 23Nov 23 Why I Have a Potty Mouth
October 22Oct 22 Screw Finding Your Passion
September 17Sep 17 Romance Is Like Alcohol
August 20Aug 20 How to Start a Cult and Save the World
August 6Aug 6 How to Survive a Long Distance Relationship
July 20Jul 20 5 Things That Should Be Taught in Every School
July 12Jul 12 How to Stop Procrastinating
June 18Jun 18 In Defense of Being Average
May 21May 21 The Four Stages of Life
April 23Apr 23 Why People Cheat in Relationships
April 2Apr 2 7 Books that Will Change How You See The World
March 12Mar 12 The Only Way to Be Truly Confident in Yourself
February 26Feb 26 The Staggering Bullshit of “The Secret”
January 8Jan 8 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
December 4Dec 4 In The Future, Our Attention Will Be Sold
November 6Nov 6 63 Steps to Survive The Worst Moments of Your Life
October 16Oct 16 How To Break Hearts and Risk Losing Everything
October 12Oct 12 Mark Goes to the Movies: Into the Wild  (Subscribers Only)
October 2Oct 2 No, You Can’t Have It All
September 18Sep 18 7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose
September 3Sep 3 5 Life Lessons From 5 Years of Traveling the World
August 30Aug 30 Mark Goes to the Movies: American Beauty  (Subscribers Only)
August 28Aug 28 It’s Not All Your Parents’ Fault
August 6Aug 6 Your Next Big Life-Changing Breakthrough is Already Happening  (Subscribers Only)
July 4Jul 4 Love is Not Enough
May 27May 27 How We All Miss the Point on School Shootings
May 21May 21 The Four Engines that Accelerate Language and Life  (Subscribers Only)
May 9May 9 6 Healthy Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Toxic
April 23Apr 23 Why I Chose Who I Chose  (Subscribers Only)
April 22Apr 22 How to Land Your Dream Job  (Subscribers Only)
March 20Mar 20 10 Life Lessons to Excel in Your 30s
March 6Mar 6 10 Life Lessons I Learned from Surviving My 20s
February 20Feb 20 The Hidden Costs of Happiness
February 13Feb 13 3 Simple Explanations for Why You’re Still Single
January 23Jan 23 A Brief History of Male/Female Relations  (Subscribers Only)
January 9Jan 9 How We Judge Others is How We Judge Ourselves
December 11Dec 11 3 Things School Taught You Without You Even Realizing It
November 21Nov 21 Why I’m Wrong About Everything (And So Are You)
November 6Nov 6 The Most Important Question of Your Life
October 30Oct 30 9 Subtle Lies We All Tell Ourselves
October 10Oct 10 Stop Trying To Be Happy
October 2Oct 2 7 Things Sex Education Should Have Taught Us But Didn’t
September 19Sep 19 Find What You Love and Let It Kill You
September 5Sep 5 How Do You Measure Your Life?
August 29Aug 29 Winning the Mental Battle of Weight Loss: How One Man Lost 266 Pounds
August 22Aug 22 Being Special Isn’t So Special
August 15Aug 15 Why Everyone on the Internet Is an Asshole
August 8Aug 8 6 Toxic Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Normal
August 5Aug 5 The Rise of Fundamentalist Belief  (Subscribers Only)
July 29Jul 29 You Already Have Everything You Need
July 22Jul 22 Why Some Dreams Should Not Be Pursued
July 18Jul 18 12 Stupid Things People Care About Way Too Much
July 10Jul 10 The Dark Side of the Digital Nomad
July 8Jul 8 Fuck Yes or No
May 28May 28 Change Your Mind About Dating
May 22May 22 How to Read Faster and Retain More  (Subscribers Only)
May 16May 16 How Disney Ruined Sex For Everyone
April 16Apr 16 How Terrorism Works
April 11Apr 11 Sex and Our Psychological Needs
April 2Apr 2 Why Everyone You Date Is A Psycho
March 14Mar 14 5 Life Lessons I Learned From Playing Guitar
February 14Feb 14 How to Break Up Gracefully
February 11Feb 11 Why People Commit Suicide
February 6Feb 6 20 Paradoxes That Are True
January 21Jan 21 The Bad Acid Trip  (Subscribers Only)
January 17Jan 17 You’re Okay
January 14Jan 14 The Guide to Strong Relationship Boundaries
January 11Jan 11 “Check, Please” – A Short Story About Perspective  (Subscribers Only)
January 4Jan 4 The Dismal State of Flirting in English-Speaking Cultures
December 17Dec 17 Shut Up and Be Grateful
December 12Dec 12 5 Problems with the Self-Help Industry
December 7Dec 7 Your Two Minds
November 30Nov 30 How to 80/20 Your Life
November 10Nov 10 The Guide to Being Miserable
October 19Oct 19 The Borders of Sexual Harassment
October 8Oct 8 An Open Letter to My 18-Year-Old Self  (Subscribers Only)
September 20Sep 20 Wanderlust  (Subscribers Only)
September 3Sep 3 The Prime Belief
August 29Aug 29 The Theory of Meta-Awesomeness
August 21Aug 21 10 Reasons Why You Fail
August 13Aug 13 How to Make Your Own Luck
July 14Jul 14 How To Quit Your Day Job And Travel The World
July 10Jul 10 10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America
June 15Jun 15 Minimalism
June 12Jun 12 It’s Complicated: Why Relationships and Dating Can Be So Hard
June 4Jun 4 The Rise And Fall of Ken Wilber
May 24May 24 22 Tips For Learning A Foreign Language
May 14May 14 Diversify Your Identity
May 1May 1 Analysis Paralysis  (Subscribers Only)
April 26Apr 26 Evolution and Sexual Behavior  (Subscribers Only)
April 24Apr 24 Do You Need Therapy?
April 16Apr 16 The Ipanema Boardwalk  (Subscribers Only)
April 13Apr 13 Meditation: Why You Should Do It
April 9Apr 9 When The Fall Comes  (Subscribers Only)
March 28Mar 28 Are You An Emotional Vampire?
March 27Mar 27 Pornography Can Ruin Your Sex Life
February 21Feb 21 The Simple Joys are the Most Meaningful
December 13Dec 13 Attachment Theory
December 6Dec 6 A Dust Over India
December 2Dec 2 Interviewing Like a Boss
November 28Nov 28 How I Quit Smoking For Good  (Subscribers Only)
November 17Nov 17 My Girlfriend Just Dumped Me
October 31Oct 31 Your Honest-to-God Guide to STDs
September 5Sep 5 The Levels of Eye Contact
August 20Aug 20 Giving Good Advice without Being a Condescending Asshole
May 17May 17 Woman Lovers and Woman Haters  (Subscribers Only)
January 21Jan 21 The Three Loves Theory
December 22Dec 22 The Wisdom of Surfing  (Subscribers Only)
December 18Dec 18 Compatibility and Chemistry in Relationships
September 19Sep 19 The Zen Dilemma
August 9Aug 9 This Is Water