What is the value of life?

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that if we obey their rules we will live forever.  Either by means of resurrection to heaven or to an earthly paradise.  They teach that when people we love die they aren't really dead.  Instead, they are merely sleeping and we will see them again.  This belief helps soothe the existential dread …

THe Power of Laughter

It may seem a bit cliche but laughing is powerful.  By nature, I'm a very serious person.    I've been criticized for not smiling enough.  Not laughing enough.  I only discovered the power true power of laughter after I left Jehovah's Witnesses. I was devastated by my experience with Jehovah's Witnesses.  I was devastated being …

What is Yoga?

Jehovah's Witnesses are opposed to Yoga considering it a Demonic practice.  Because of this, I've always view Yoga and similar practices with skepticism. In early 2018 I watched the entire course on Yoga from "The great courses" which can also be purchased on DVD and found on Amazon. After watching I had an entirely new …

Ex-JW and Learned Helplessness

The subject of my honors research is Learned Helplessness.  This is a subject that is of interest to Jehovah's Witnesses, active and former, because they too may experience Learned Helplessness.  Let's discuss what helplessness is and why it might be affecting you. Learned Helplessness was discovered by Martin Seligman.  In addition to publishing various research …