Best Articles: 20 Articles That Can Change Your Life

There are enough articles on this site to fill two books, so it can sometimes be daunting to know where to start. Below are what many consider to be my “greatest hits,” the articles that have been the most popular, the most shared, or had the greatest effect on readers’ lives.

I’ve listed the best 5-6 posts in four different categories below: Self Improvement, Life Choices, Dating and Relationships, and Culture.

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Best Articles by Category

Self Improvement

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck – The most popular article on the site. And for good reason.

The Most Important Question of Your Life – Best post to start with to understand the underlying philosophy of my work.

Stop Trying to Be Happy – Why pursuing happiness just pushes it further away from you and how to get around this problem.

In Defense of Being Average – A much-needed defense of the unexceptional — which is pretty much all of us.

Screw Finding Your Passion – You already know what you love to do. You’ve just forgotten how to do it.

Life Choices

The Four Stages of Life – The phases of life that we all travel through and how they define who we are.

10 Life Lessons to Excel In Your 30s – A crowd-sourced article from my older readers on what they all wish they knew when they were 30-years-old.

10 Life Lessons I Learned From Surviving My 20s – A look back right before my 30th birthday on all of the life lessons I learned in my 20s.

7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose – A fun, yet serious, look at how we can derive more meaning and importance from our lives.

How to Quit Your Day Job and Travel the World – How to leverage your terror of going broke to achieving greater success and autonomy.

No, You Can’t Have it All – A realistic look at the necessity of choosing what to give up in our lives.

Dating and Relationships

Fuck Yes or No – The most important rule of dating and relationships. Everyone must understand this.

Love is Not Enough – Why we idealize love, make it something more than it is, and how that ruins many of our relationships.

Maybe You Don’t Know What Love Is – A sober look at what love often is and what it should be.

6 Toxic Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Normal – Find out if what you think is “normal” romantic behavior is actually harming your relationship.

6 Healthy Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Toxic – The follow up to the above article describing what you should be doing, but probably are not doing.

Culture

10 Things Americans Don’t Know About America – Viral internet sensation. My perspectives on the US after spending four years outside of it.

In the Future, Your Attention Will Be Sold – My take on new technologies and how they’re not necessarily ruining society, just our attention spans.

A Dust Over India – A raw look at some of the more jarring experiences I had on my trip to India.

5 Life Lessons from 5 Years Traveling the World – I spent five years traveling around the world to more than 50 countries. This is what I learned.

How We All Miss the Point on School Shootings – An article written in response to the UCSB shootings in May 2014, but also covering numerous other shootings throughout North America and what they actually mean about our society and culture.