better doing

The data-driven answer to life.

As you start reading this article, you’ll think it’s about money. But it is really about happiness. “Be with your love, on an 80-degree and sunny day, overlooking a beautiful body of water, having sex.” | learn more

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Practice your coping mechanisms now.

“Happiness tends to decline throughout young adulthood and middle age, bottoming out at about age 50. After that, it heads back up again into one’s mid-60s. Then something strange happens. Older people split into two groups as they get old: […]

teaching the kids

Your world, better

While I’m not in the market for middle school textbooks, I am fond of this one for its approach. Ever since Hans Rosling helped me realize my world view was based on decades-old and outdated data, I’ve wondered if that cycle persists. […]

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Hedonism leads to happiness

“Relaxing on the sofa or savoring a delicious meal: Enjoying short-term pleasurable activities that don’t lead to long-term goals contributes at least as much to a happy life as self-control, according to new research from the University of Zurich and […]

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Happiness is peace in motion

Naval Ravikant has transitioned from startup investor to philosopher, and I like it! “The first problem with attaining peace is that no activity will get you there. Fundamentally, peace is inactivity; it’s a sense that everything is fine.” | learn more

book recommendations

Flow

Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi I accidentally read a self-help book and I liked it. We’ve all heard of the ‘flow state’ by now, right? It’s the state of mind where you’re fully immersed in the task at hand and everything else […]

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Buying time promotes happiness. 

Time is a more finite resource than money, and research has shown that time-scarcity is a driver of unhappiness. This paper from researchers at Harvard Business School (among others) demonstrates that spending money to save time (i.e. hiring others to […]