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    Why Happiness is Boring

    The Anna Karenina principle is derived from a famous Tolstoy quote: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.   This profound insight into human psychology has withstood the tests of time and scientific rigor. Put simply, there are a lot of ways to fail but very few ways […]

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    How We Each Think About Time Differently

    Let’s face it: our brains are terrible at time. We tend to either ignore it completely, or become chronic clock-watchers. Our obsession with time leads us to spend much of our lives worrying about it. Research is revealing more about how humans perceive time, but first, a word about the nature of time itself…   […]

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    Can Online Dating Make You Happy?

    Three years ago, the move to “online” dating was still confined to relatively small groups. Now, I speak regularly to friends of mine all around the country who sign on to their online dating profiles every day. The taboo has been lifted by sites like OkCupid and Tinder; online dating has become the stuff of […]

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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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    Scarcity and Deadlines: The Secret of Productivity?

    A “deadline” is a scary word. It comes from an imaginary line in the ground in civil war prisons, the crossing of which would lead to death. Sometimes the dead line was not even marked; it was just an arbitrary point at which the guards would fire and kill a presumed prison-breaking inmate. Today, deadlines […]

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    Crappy Apps and Get Rich Quick Schemes

    Sturgeon’s Law says that “90% of everything is crap.” When I first read this, it seemed immensely depressing. I couldn’t help but feel that it was somehow an attack on my work. All craftsmen, from authors to computer programmers, know the feeling of having created something that is not quite good enough. We have a […]

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    What It’s Like to Live In China

    Whenever I’m asked “what was your favorite country you lived in?” I feel like I’m being asked to choose between children. Each nation where I’ve been a resident has it’s own distinct flavor. This post is part of a series about what it’s like to live abroad, where I profile each country one at a time and […]

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    “Success” is an Evil Tyrant

    In his podcast by the same name, author Tim Ferriss asks each of his guests a series of rapid fire questions at the end. One of his favorite go-to questions is “when I say the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind?” Each time I have heard this question it has left me […]

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    The Lone Genius and the Startup Founder: a Tale of Two Styles

    The tension between the the Lone Genius and the Startup Founder is one I’ve found myself personally struggling with throughout my life. Is it better to create, even in isolation, for the sake of creation  – or to build something large, regardless of the impact I might have upon the actual product? Some very smart people would advocate for […]

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    Using Tracking to Accomplish More

    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.   If there is a single undervalued psychological technique to accomplish more, it is that of tracking. If you don’t know where […]

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