• How to Really Apologize

    Saying you’re sorry can feel incredibly intimidating, especially if your pride is exceptionally strong, which can get in the way of the ability to be fully sympathetic with another person in conflict. The good news is there’s a way to improve And, what exactly makes an apology sincere? Emotional display is key for the success of your apology. If you’re angry or on the verge of tears, your apology probably won’t be received the way you intend, no matter how pure your intentions are. You can research and try all kinds of ways to get yourself into the right mindset for an apology. The fastest and easiest way to obtain…

  • How To Create Confidence

    Very few people are born with natural, unbreakable confidence. The rest of us are forced to create it pretty much out of thin air… or we never do. The choice is ours. Of course, I’m talking about self-confidence in this context. It’s defined by the Oxford Dictionary as, “a feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.” Embodying confidence isn’t as difficult as you might believe. At some point in your life, you’ve probably had someone tell you to “fake it ’til you make it.” To some degree, I do agree with this sentiment. When you’re trying to build up your confidence, faking it is…

  • Bullying Isn’t Going Anywhere

    Bullying is an issue that unfortunately doesn’t seem to go away much with age or maturity. I wouldn’t have appreciated hearing this when I was going through it in middle school, but I probably needed to. Middle school was a challenging time for me. It seems to be that way for most people. According to DoSomething.org, “90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.” That’s almost everyone, which indicates many students are likely being bullied while simultaneously bullying others. I attended a small private Catholic school, from kindergarten through 8th grade, with roughly 25 students in each grade. Elementary school was relatively easy going and I developed…

  • Are You Really Listening?

    Public speaking and the fear of doing so is something people commonly discuss, but something not quite as frequently mentioned is the act of listening. When I refer to listening, I’m not solely alluding to the act of using the ears and brain to take in and process information. I’m talking about being a good audience member, a good friend, and a good confidant. Your status as a good or bad listener may be determining the success of your social, work, and romantic lives. But don’t fret! You can improve. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway “When you talk, you are only repeating what you…