100 Articles Later: The Best of My Medium Collection

Merve Yılmaz
5 min readMar 21, 2023


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Reaching 100 articles on Medium is a major milestone for any writer, and I’m thrilled to have hit this landmark. As I reflect on my writing journey, I can’t help but feel grateful for the platform that Medium has provided me to share my ideas and connect with people from around the world. To celebrate this milestone, I’ve decided to share my top 5 articles that have resonated the most with my audience.

These articles have a special place in my heart for various reasons, whether it’s the amount of engagement they received, the topics they covered, or the personal growth they represent. Join me as I take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of my favorite pieces.

Dopamine detox: It will change your life

The article has been read by over 78,000 people. I can say that I am blown away by the response the article has received. It’s heartening to see that so many people are interested in exploring new ways to increase productivity and improve their lives.

I believe that the concept of a dopamine detox is one that can truly make a difference, and this article, I share my personal experiences with trying to balance my dopamine levels to become more productive.

I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t easy. Breaking free from the endless cycle of social media scrolling, binge-watching, and mindless snacking required some serious effort and self-discipline. But once I started implementing the three methods I mention in the article,I noticed a real difference in my ability to focus and get things done.

I don’t claim to be an expert, but I hope that my article can offer some practical tips and inspiration to those who are looking to do the same. Ultimately, I believe that a dopamine detox is about more than just productivity — it’s about taking control of our lives and finding balance in a world that can often feel overwhelming.

Learned optimism: 3 things happy people do differently

Learned Optimism is a must-known idea for anyone looking to cultivate a more positive outlook on life. With over 6,300 readers, it’s clear that the topic of learned optimism resonates with many people.

I believe that the principles of learned optimism are essential for anyone looking to lead a happier, more meaningful life. By focusing on the positive and developing a can-do attitude, we can overcome obstacles and achieve our goals with greater ease. I hope that my article has been able to offer some guidance and inspiration to those looking to cultivate more optimism in their lives.

Do these 5 things if you don’t get respect you deserve

In the article, I share five specific actions that have helped me to overcome feelings of disrespect, including setting boundaries, focusing on my strengths, and seeking out supportive relationships. These strategies may not work for everyone, but I believe that they are a good starting point for anyone looking to cultivate greater respect and dignity in their lives.

Ultimately, this article is not about prescribing a one-size-fits-all solution to the problem of feeling undervalued. Rather, it is an invitation to explore our own experiences and emotions, and to take proactive steps towards creating a life that feels more balanced and fulfilling.

Whether you’re struggling with feelings of disrespect at work, in your personal relationships, or in other areas of your life, I hope that my article can offer some insights and inspiration for taking action and regaining your sense of worth.

Your expectations sculpts you: Pygmalion effect

And the other article I want to share in this post is: Your expectations sculpts you: Pygmalion effect. In this article, I discuss the power of expectations and how they can shape our lives.

By understanding the Pygmalion effect, we can set higher expectations for ourselves and those around us, leading to better results and increased success.

Is it possible to change your life in a week?

One of my most read articles on Medium has been “Is it possible to change your life in a week?” This article stands out as a true testament to the power of personal transformation because it was an article born out of my own 50-day challenge.

In this post, I discussed my experience taking on a 50-day challenge and the impact it had on my life, even in just the first week. This post has been read by over 5.2k people, which is a testament to how much readers have connected with the idea of personal transformation and the power of taking on a challenge.

As a writer on Medium, I’ve found that words have the power to transform our lives. Writing is a romantic pursuit that allows us to capture the beauty and complexity of life on paper, while also being a tool for self-discovery and personal growth.

If you’re considering starting your own writing journey, I encourage you to take the leap and see where it takes you. You might just surprise yourself with what you’re capable of creating.

As I reflect on my journey, I want to express my gratitude to all of my readers for their support. Your engagement and feedback have motivated me to keep writing and sharing my thoughts and experiences. Thank you again for joining me on this journey, and I look forward to sharing more with you in the future.



Merve Yılmaz

• UX Designer •Istanbul Technical University •Top writer in Self Improvement, Health, Life Lessons & Life.