Life

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Monday, Aug 7, 2017

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017

Coping with Loneliness

I’ve, over the past few years, grown more and more lonely with very little outside contact. My job does not interact with others much, topping out at the same few co-workers day in and day out. I’ve only ever had a small group of friends, which has grown even more thread-bare with age. Besides “go meet people” (how?), how do the fine people of HN deal with loneliness?

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017

How to make a friend fast - the scientific method

The study I’m about to present to you is something you have probably already seen floating around the internet, said to hold the key to forming close personal relationships in a few dozen carefully designed discussion questions.

Friday, Jul 14, 2017

Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think

We share a collective insanity that pervades human cultures throughout the world: An irrational and unproductive obsession with what other people think of us.

Monday, Jul 10, 2017

What ways have worked for you to overcome 'imposter syndrome'?

I’m doing the best I can by improving each day, still feel like I have so much to learn every time I see the front page of HN.

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017

What keeps you up at night? What do you worry about?

Just generally speaking, what do you worry about the most? Family’s safety & health, finances, work, etc?

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017

Are You a Self-Interrupter?

We act as though we are no longer interested in or able to stay idle and simply do nothing. We appear to care more about the people who are available through our devices than those who are right in front of our faces. And perhaps more critically, we appear to have lost the ability to simply be alone with our thoughts.

Monday, Jun 19, 2017

How to not bring emotion from work back home?

Even after working so many years. I still get moment that I want to snap. Any way to not bring emotion from work back home?

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017

The meaning of life in a world without work

As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A Better Way to Compare Yourself

Comparing your work or abilities to someone else’s can be an unproductive and self-destructive activity. Yet we compare ourselves all the time.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How has volunteering helped you grow?

What kind of volunteering has helped you grow the most? What kind of volunteering do you find the most fulfillment from?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Is it Possible for a Normal Person to Escape the Rat Race?

If you’re a normal person who’s tired of getting one raise a year (if that), tired of sitting under-utilized at your cubicle, tired of sitting over-utilized at your cubicle, tired of being tired, normal isn’t going to save you.

Friday, May 12, 2017

15 Essential Skills They Don't Teach You In College

This is what I wish: that my daughters don’t go to school.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Benefits of Solitude

Our society rewards social behaviour while ignoring the positive effects of time spent alone.

Friday, Apr 21, 2017

The Perfect System

Most of us are constantly looking for the Perfect System: The perfect system for being mindful, getting fit, losing weight, decluttering, building new habits, being a parent, building a new career, and on and on.

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

A world without retirement

We are entering the age of no retirement. The journey into that chilling reality is not a long one: the first generation who will experience it are now in their 40s and 50s.

Thursday, Apr 6, 2017

Looking for tips to be a Morning Person

Starting a new job where its a 9am start time, looking for tips for how to become a “morning person.” I’m naturally more nocturnal but in this case its going to help me if I can shift to being a so called “morning person.” Have you had to do this yourself before?

Monday, Apr 3, 2017

I will never compare my life to yours. That's why I'm happy.

I’m happy because when I look in the mirror, I don’t compare myself to anyone. Not anymore. I don’t compare the way I look, the way I feel, the work that I do. I don’t compare my level of happiness. I don’t compare my achievements.

Friday, Mar 31, 2017

Where Are You Really From

Many people aren’t from one place and are in constant motion. So why must we choose one nationality from a drop-down menu?

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017

Design a Lucky Life

Our brains have an incredible capacity to forge tangible results out of a mindset. When we build a habit in a particular way of thought, we begin to train our brain to see the world through that lens. In this instance, if you’re looking for ways to be lucky, you’re strengthening the neurons that refine your awareness in the relevant domains.

Friday, Mar 10, 2017

How to be perfectly unhappy

How to be perfectly unhappy.

Friday, Feb 24, 2017

Happy Ambition: Striving for Success, Avoiding Status Cocaine, and Prioritizing Happiness

If all of your self-esteem eggs are in one basket, you’ll become very obsessive about the state of that basket. As your identity is tied up in one job and one career, you compare yourself more easily to all the other professionals are also specializing in that single line of work.

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

How to escape the overthinking trap: stop judging yourself

The despair from comparing ourselves with others is the original fake news. We need to develop a new relationship with our thoughts.

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017

You (and Your Therapist) Can Change Your Personality

Lately, personality psychologists have taken a more moderate view: If personality traits do change, they change slowly, and the overall difference over time tends to be modest.

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017

What inspires you to persevere through adversity?

What are some of the things you ‘surround’ yourself to keep going even after repeated failures. Failing can be related to any task in life - startup/job/relationships. What are some of things which inspire you and help you pull yourself back to chug along the track again.

Friday, Feb 10, 2017

I trained myself to be less busy — and it dramatically improved my life

My overwhelming schedule left me exhausted and empty. Here’s how I fought back.

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017

Charles Bukowski: The Slavery of the 9 to 5

To not to have entirely wasted one’s life seems to be a worthy accomplishment, if only for myself.

Friday, Feb 3, 2017

Why paper is the real 'killer app'

With apps taking over our lives, there’s a movement afoot as people yearn for simpler, technology-free times.

The secret to living a meaningful life

Your ambitions to improve your life do not need to be confined by your personality.

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017

Why digital detoxes are a waste of time and are just 'nostalgia-laden nonsense'

Living a ‘purer’ life isn’t about turning off your smartphone.

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017

How I Got My Attention Back

Technology is commanding our attention in infinite, insurmountable loops. A country trip off-grid helped me escape.

Monday, Jan 23, 2017

Don't Tell Your Friends They're Lucky

Luck has a lot to do with success. We just don’t want to admit it.

Friday, Jan 20, 2017

Filter Out the Noise

It can seem like our lives are filled with busyness, noise, distractions, and often meaningless activities. What if we could filter out all that noise, and focus on the meaningful?

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017

The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking

Here’s a New Year’s challenge for the mind: Make this the year that you quiet all those negative thoughts swirling around your brain.

Monday, Jan 16, 2017

The Diderot Effect: Why We Want Things We Don't Need — And What to Do About It

The Diderot Effect states that obtaining a new possession often creates a spiral of consumption which leads you to acquire more new things. As a result, we end up buying things that our previous selves never needed to feel happy or fulfilled.

Friday, Jan 13, 2017

Pictures Show How Modern Life Is Altering the Natural World

Edward Burtynsky photographs changing landscapes—each one an imprint of human ambition.

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017

How Social Isolation Is Killing Us

Social isolation is a growing epidemic, one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional consequences.

Monday, Jan 9, 2017

Why You Should be Planning for 2018, Not 2017.

The principle is simple: Don’t just plant a tree, plant an orchard.

Friday, Dec 30, 2016

Proof that life is getting better for humanity, in 5 charts

Proof that life is getting better for humanity, in 5 charts.

8,760 Hours: How to get the most out of next year

The end of a year is the perfect time to review one’s life, goals, plans, and projects, as well as plan for the upcoming year. I’ve been fine-tuning my own review process for several years and thought others might be interested to know what I do and how.

Thursday, Dec 29, 2016

How to Live Out of Your Car

Professional vehicle dwellers share their tips for making the most out of life on the road.

Friday, Dec 23, 2016

Why the simple life is not just beautiful, it's necessary

The good life is the simple life. Among philosophical ideas about how we should live, this one is a hardy perennial; from Socrates to Thoreau, from the Buddha to Wendell Berry, thinkers have been peddling it for more than two millennia.

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

I am not a self-made man.

We all need fuel. Without the assistance, advice, and inspiration of others, the gears of our mind grind to a halt, and we’re stuck with nowhere to go. I have been blessed to find mentors and idols at every step of my life, and I’ve been lucky to meet many of them.

Friday, Dec 9, 2016

Who Still Lives at Home with Their Parents?

Living at home with your parents isn’t just for little kids anymore. Young adults are now more likely to live with their parents than in any other living arrangement, according to a recent report by the Pew Research Center.

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016

The Busy Person's Lies

A December Gallup poll found that 61 percent of working Americans said they did not have enough time to do the things they wanted to do. Some of us feel this more acutely than others: A 2015 Pew Research Center survey found that 9 in 10 working mothers said they felt rushed all or some of the time. In an attempt to understand this frenzy, I spent the past 12 months studying my own time during what might turn out to be the busiest year of my life.

Friday, Nov 18, 2016

Why 30 is the decade friends disappear — and what to do about it

New research recently found that starting at age 25, we lose more friends than we make each year.

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

Embedded beings: how we blended our minds with our devices

Our devices are so deeply enmeshed in our lives that we anticipate them being there at all times with access to the full range of the internet’s offerings.

Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded

Being “needed” does not entail selfish pride or unhealthy attachment to the worldly esteem of others. Rather, it consists of a natural human hunger to serve our fellow men and women. As the 13th-century Buddhist sages taught, “If one lights a fire for others, it will also brighten one’s own way.”

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016

You should only compete with one person: yourself

It’s easy to compare yourself against other people especially as they flood our screens with images. But when you compete against other people, you judge yourself based on their values and metrics. The problem with this is even if you win, you only do something that’s important to them, not you.

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016

You Don't Need a Master Plan — You Just Need to Start

Starting something in the hopes of making an extra $1,000 a month is every bit as worthy as trying to colonize Mars. Start small and give your ambitions room to grow.

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