Welcome! My name is Andy Tix. For the past 30 years or so, I have dedicated myself to a sincere quest of living a good life. Part of my quest involved completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Minnesota. My quest also has led me to focus much of my research, writing, and teaching on the intersections of the psychology of religion, spiritualilty, peace, and well-being. For the past 20 years, it’s been my honor and joy to share in the quests of my students in the Psychology and Religious Studies programs at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota.

In this blog, I share my reflections on a variety of related topics. I recommend several of my writings at the right of this page, which have appeared in a variety of outlets, such as Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought, Christian Century, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Star Tribune, Ruminate Magazine, and the Woolf Institute’s center for interfaith relations. My work has been featured in U.S. News & World Report and the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology. I also blog regularly at Psychology Today.

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I am available for media interviews. I also am available to consult and coach organizations, churches, and individuals to promote peaceful relations across groups and improve well-being. For example, I recently helped to create the Well-Being and Resilience Program for Learn to Live. Feel free to e-mail your inquiries, ideas, or questions to: andrew.tix@normandale.edu. If you want to follow me on Twitter, do that here. If you want to connect on LinkedIn, do that here.

Thank you for visiting. I hope this site somehow is helpful in your quest for a good life.



2 thoughts on “About

  1. Rick Rawson

    “Obviously, what constitutes a good life, and how to live a good life, are very debatable topics…” There is no doubt about the truth of this statement but, curiously, at the same time, it is provocative. My question is, if Jesus is the smartest man ever to have walked on the planet, and if Jesus was the great teacher that we judge him to have been, then why don’t we Christians have, not just a good answer, but an excellent and definitive answer to the question of how to live a good life? Or maybe we do, but for some reason don’t implement it. After all, Jesus said, “I came that you might have life abundantly.” That sounds an awful lot like a reference to “the good life.” I haven’t read all your posts, but based on the few that I have read, I’m reasonably sure you’ve thought about this question, at least in some form. I’d appreciate hearing (reading!) your thoughts if you have time.

  2. Miguel Abarca

    Hi guys, I was directed to this page thanks to “Longing for More
    How the German concept of Sehnsucht sheds light on the human quest” article by Andy Tix, very clever and first time hear that word. Is there any particular book you can recommend? My background is architecture and design but I definitely have been looking for unattainable perfection.

    Thank you so much.


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