Have you ever handed over money for something you at first adamantly refused to pay for? I’m sitting in a cafe in Bangkok holding a little plastic elephant on a key-chain. It’s not something I had any inclination of paying money for today. Ten minutes ago a young woman walked in and — with a broad smile — handed […]

Picture a box of juicy oranges in front of you. You have been set the task to peel them all. How would you do it best? Well, one orange at a time, with a sharp knife, you say. Correct. I’d do it the same way too. But most of us try to pick up as […]

My first try at a short-film version of an article I wrote a while ago on Medium that did well. All footage taken by the author in and around Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Japan, 2019. (Link: https://medium.com/the-mission/what-i… ) Follow me on Twitter: @iamalexmathers Any questions, feedback, comment below.

When was the last time you did something that made you feel worse about yourself for having done it? You keep saying you’ll stop smoking, but you do it, and you always feel awful when you do. You can smell it on your fingers. Perhaps, you’re super-sensitive to caffeine like me, and yet you still […]

I’ve been trying to bring more thirty-day challenges into my life. A month is a substantial chunk of time for developing a habit without being overwhelmed at the idea of doing something forever. I aim to make it fun, but a stretch. Over February of 2019, I embarked on a challenge to write a self-development […]