Transcending The Ordinary World

Articles on Creativity, Happiness, and Extraordinary Thinking

A Simple Thanksgiving Gratitude Practice

While Thanksgiving is often associated with football games and family gatherings, it may be worthwhile to begin a new tradition: to make Thanksgiving a yearly reminder to engage in a gratitude practice. Research shows that gratitude practices can help reshape our...

Six Steps to Reinvigorate Your Life for the New Year

Are you giving yourself the best chance to live the life you want to live? Or will you let the end of the year roll by without taking the opportunity to reflect on where you’ve been and where you want to go? Follow these steps to reinvigorate and renew your life.

Inspirational Herodotus Quotes

“It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.” The following inspirational quote is from the ancient Greek historian Herodotus. More...

Why Feeling Bad is Part of Living a Happy Life: Inspired by the Passing of Robins Williams

How do you deal with pain and unpleasant emotions? How do you deal with feeling bad? It’s a question that came up for me when the passing of Robin Williams left millions, including myself, heartbroken. In our culture, we often think of pain and other unpleasant feelings as the opposite of happiness. However, for several reasons, this may be a mistaken view that can lead us to a misguided pursuit of happiness and, ultimately, to despair.

4 Ways of Choosing Happiness From Within

  What makes you happy? Reflect on what you’ve done today. What do your behaviors say about your approach to happiness? These are the questions I usually ask students on the first day of my psychology courses. Often, their responses sound something like this:...

About Javy W. Galindo

headshot_large_circleJavy Wong Galindo, M.A., M.Eng. is a college professor of philosophy, humanities, and psychology in Northern California. He is a popular instructor at John F. Kennedy University and De Anza College, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. This former electrical engineer and performing arts instructor is now most well-known for his engaging college courses and public talks. He is the author of The Power of Thinking Differently (2010) and Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails (2014). Learn more about Javy at