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How to Create Better Relationships

Read a great article about creating better relationships– the highlights:

  1. Treat other people as you would like to be treated.
  2. Truly listen.
  3. Be assertive.
  4. Remember to give the small gifts of kindness.
  5. Mix things up.
  6. Have human standards.
  7. Focus on solutions, instead of arguing on and on.

These are, individually, all things that I’ve tried to work on for years. This article does a great job at helping you think about the way that others perceive you, and the way that you communicate. Read the whole article here…

Weight and being reasonable

3865888811_6f7334e7d8_bFor the last few months I’ve been trying a new diet.  It’s one I came up with myself, and I call it “Don’t be an idiot.” for short.  (The full name is “You sit in front of a computer all day, you don’t need to carboload, you idiot”)

The only rule of the diet: think about what it is you want to eat, then ask yourself three questions:

  1. Is this a reasonable thing to be eating, or is it insane?
  2. Is there something else that I could eat that would make me equally happy?
  3. Is there a way I can make this healthier that I’m okay with?

Does it work?  I don’t have any numbers, but I do know that I’m down two belt notches since starting, and I do feel better.  I’d estimate that I’m probably able to save myself 300-500 calories per meal just by doing little things (like saying “no melted cheese on top of my refried beans”), and, hopefully, those savings will add up over time.  And it sure seems a lot more enjoyable and sustainable (and sane) than “OMG low fat everything” followed by “OMG eat lots of fat and meat but no bread” followed by “OMG paleo” followed by “OMG only eat the hearts of living bunnies” followed by “OMG, just kidding, time for soylent”

Have you had any success with trying to just be sane in eating?

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