Jimmy T Nguyen - personal thoughts, insights, essays

Why kindness is important

Why kindness is important

Most people appreciate it, most believe it's very important. It's a natural human response: We often feel warmer toward those we care about. Thus, it's no surprise that kindness appears to be contagious. There are many reasons to be kind.

What is stress and why do we worry about it?

What is stress and why do we worry about it?

Stress and worry are emotions that we all have from time to time. They're normal reactions to danger, adversity, or threat.

How do you know when you're in love?

How do you know when you're in love?

When you fall in love with someone, it's often a natural progression. You wonder if they’re the one, you figure out how to ask them out, you plan about the proposal, and you think about the next steps.

Why we should fail often

Why we should fail often

A lot of us are afraid that if we fail, we'll fail big. We ALL fail at some point in our lives. It's all part of the process.

The pursuit of happiness and why some of us might not find it

The pursuit of happiness and why some of us might not find it

Happiness is a strange beast. It's something that we seek, yet often don't find. And when we do find it, it's fleeting. A moment. A feeling. A state of mind. Happiness is elusive.

How music affects our mood and how you can benefit from it

How music affects our mood and how you can benefit from it

A growing number of studies show that music therapy — the use of music to treat mental and physical issues such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder — has tangible benefits. Our bodies and emotions are closely linked. There is a strong connection between music and our feelings and emotions, and the power of music to affect us – positively or negatively – is well documented.

Signs you may have control issues

Signs you may have control issues

People with control issues are often described as being "controlling" or "abusive." They can be manipulative, pushy, bossy, or critical, but they usually also have a tendency to not listen to others. The same people who have no problem telling an expert or doctor, who spent years on their craft and profession, that they are wrong and don’t know what they’re talking about. These people are AKA Control Freaks.

Life lessons learned

Life lessons learned

Usually on my birthday, I typically will have a get-together with my friends and we'll sit around and talk about life lessons we've learned up to this point. Here are some life lessons we've learned so far.

What I would tell my 20-year-old self

What I would tell my 20-year-old self

When I was working my first full-time job in my early 20s, an older gentleman, who was one of the shareholders of the company, told me that in order for me to be the best at anything I do, I had to “follow my bliss” and “do what I loved.” It was some of the best advice I had ever gotten. Looking deeper, it's about trying to be true to yourself and not letting money or other people get in the way. Of course, it's much easier said than done, but it's a worthwhile goal.

11 Things the internet has destroyed

11 Things the internet has destroyed

Unfortunately (or fortunately), with great power, sometimes, comes great losses. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE THE INTERNET. In fact, I can't really picture life without it a this point.

How to be happy in life (no it's not about the money)

How to be happy in life (no it's not about the money)

We're constantly bombarded with messages that tell us that happiness is a choice. Happiness is something we can control. Happiness is a state of mind. Happiness is a product of our behaviors. In fact, it's all of these things. It's also something we can amplify and improve — and we can do it in many ways.