Become an oak tree


Just as acorns are meant to become oak trees, we’re meant to unfold our fullest potential. When we stagnate or get stuck, we intuitively know something is wrong. We don’t feel much happiness; instead, we feel increasing despair and frustration—aware of our untapped potential, yet feeling trapped and unable to act on it. These harder feelings, though uncomfortable, are actually … Read More

Navigating Family Dynamics During the Holidays


Introduction The festive holiday season is fast approaching, and with it, the promise of cherished family gatherings. However, for many of us, these gatherings can also reignite old emotional wounds and tensions. In this insightful blog post, we will explore strategies to navigate the intricate web of family dynamics during this special time of year, transforming it into an opportunity … Read More

Goodbye Merle Haggard: The Last Interview

Neil StraussNeil, Uncategorized

Today, the world lost one of the greatest country musicians of all time. Merle Haggard, who died on the day he turned 79 today, is the American dream personified. Born to a hardscrabble family, he lost his father at age nine, was in juvenile detention homes by the time he was thirteen for shoplifting from a lingerie store, and was … Read More


Neil StraussUncategorized

Before writing The Truth, I thought that relationships were about finding the perfect–or at least the best–partner. Since writing The Truth, I now realize that they’re about becoming the best possible person you can be. And the success of a relationship has very little to do with the other person, but it is all about you and how you relate … Read More

The Truth: Officially A New York Times Bestseller

Neil StraussUncategorized

HarperCollins has confirmed that The Truth made the New York Times Bestseller List. Thank you — to my incredible street team. And of course to each of you who went out and picked up a copy, told a friend about it, supported bookstores, or came (or plans to come) to one of the tour stops. This would not have been … Read More

The Truth: In Stores Today

Neil StraussUncategorized

It’s a strange process to release a book, or anything, into the world. Already, the first articles about the new book are turning into a strange narrative that is so far from The Truth. So in preparation for you to read the book today, I want to tell you what my thoughts are on The Game and The Truth. Just so whatever … Read More

The Truth Tour Dates

Neil StraussUncategorized

On October 13, 2015, my first book of new material in 6 years, The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships will be hitting your favorite bookstore. And now that I’ve submerged from writing, let’s hang out. Mark your calendar—or type in your calendar or talk to your calendar. I’m going on tour. It’s a weird tour, I’ll admit. Basically, as it … Read More