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    Traveler’s Mind, Zen Mind

    Have you ever heard someone say “travel is a state of mind?” It’s one of those platitudes that annoys me whenever I’m not on the road. Only someone who has the luxury of travel would ever say it. “No,” I want to scream, “travel is going somewhere different and seeing something new!”   Yet I think […]

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    How To Develop Healthy Self-Esteem

    In the west, we seem to take for granted that it is important to have high self-esteem, but not all self-esteem is created equal: some of it leads to narcissism. There have even been TV programs (such as Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) aimed specifically at instilling self-esteem into children.   The desire to instill self-esteem in young […]

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    Mental Time-Hacks for Saving Money

    Let’s face it: most of us are bad at saving money. It turns out it’s not our fault: our brains are wired in a way that makes it difficult to financially plan for the future. Thankfully, there are some tricks that can be used to sidestep this effect.   Your Future Self and Time Discounting […]

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    The Absolute Best Way to Change Behavior

    What do Yoda, vegetarians and Alcoholics Anonymous all have in common? They all work in absolutes to create permanent results. It turns out there’s solid science to support this approach. Every day many people try to change a bad habit and most of these efforts fail. This trying is well-intentioned, but doomed. In the words of Yoda: […]

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    7 Ways Companies Exploit Psychology

    Companies are always looking for an edge: to acquire more customers, or get more money out of the existing customers. The use of certain techniques is not necessarily nefarious, but smart consumers should still be aware of the ways companies might try to use psychological research to exploit them. Simply being aware of these tricks […]

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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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    Experiment: How To Sleep Less

    If there is a “holy grail” for those obsessed by productivity and time-management, it is conquering sleep.  It is easy to think of the time spent sleeping each night as wasted time.  If only we could sleep less without any ill-effects!   You’ve probably tried going without sleep once or twice and know what a […]

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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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