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    Mindhacks to Increase Happiness using Science

    Much of the latest psychological research is yielding surprising, even counter-intuitive insights into how the mind works (which is why we have wonderful books like Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational). A common thread underlying much of this research is that the mind can be easily “tricked.” This has led to new fields, like neuromarketing, but also a variety […]

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    Building Motivation for Accomplishment (Science and Practice)

    This post is a part of the 10 Steps to Nonstop Accomplishment series. If you like the tips in this post, check out the other posts in the series for maximum accomplishment, energy, and motivation.   In the previous Nonstop Accomplishment post about hacking decision-making, I showed you how to use habits and other tools to remove […]

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    What is a Lifeflow?

    This post is a part of the 10 Steps to Nonstop Accomplishment series. If you like the tips in this post, check out the other posts in the series for maximum accomplishment, energy, and motivation.   A “lifeflow” is like a workflow, except it applies to every aspect of life. It leverages synergy and the […]

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    How To Increase Your Software’s User Engagement by 10x

    Recently, I finally realized that piling on new features day after day is not the most effective way to improve software. As a programmer, it’s tempting to just keep building… but this approach does not leave room for data-based improvement.   “Growth Hacking” is a (relatively) new term in startupland. I’ve been aware of the […]

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  • Experiment: Happiness, Part 1: Happiness and Productivity

    This is part one of my series of experiments on happiness using Track your Happiness, a “scientific research project that aims to use modern technology” to help you understand what makes you happy. It is the project of doctoral candidate Matt Killingsworth at Harvard University. During the course of many weeks the system polled me […]

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