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Monday, Mar 18, 2019

Yes, you should blog

If you have even the slightest inclination, you should blog. About whatever. Blog about unicorns, or growing ghost peppers in your flower box, or about raising a child with autism, or even about your views on politics. (Really!) You should blog because it’s good for you, it is often fun, and dammit, it’s good for the internet.

Thursday, Mar 14, 2019

Is buying with friends the future of housing?

With house prices having risen over the last decade, many young people have found it tough to get on the property ladder. Some are choosing to co-buy with friends, but it is not without its risks.

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019

Please Put Your Phone Down

We need to take time away from our devices to actively engage with the people around us and cultivate better relationships, as humans were genetically programmed to do. Equally important, we need to tend to our own feelings, because so many of us don’t even realize the anxiety and stress that being addicted to our smartphone is creating in our lives.

Friday, Mar 8, 2019

Feeling Good: Justin's Program

I decided to write this guide because I have been pretty happy recently. I would go as far as to say that I am the happiest I’ve ever been (in a sustained way) in my adult life, and completely independent of my external circumstances. This is how I’ve done it.

Thursday, Mar 7, 2019

Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain

I’ve been a heavy phone user for my entire adult life. But sometime last year, I crossed the invisible line into problem territory. My symptoms were all the typical ones: I found myself incapable of reading books, watching full-length movies or having long uninterrupted conversations. Social media made me angry and anxious, and even the digital spaces I once found soothing (group texts, podcasts, YouTube k-holes) weren’t helping.

Monday, Mar 4, 2019

You’re Not Good Enough to Be Disappointed

In other words, in the beginning you need to get comfortable with feeling stupid, uncertain, and unskilled. You’re not allowed to be disappointed by your amateur performance because you haven’t developed the skills of a professional yet. It’s only the professionals that are allowed to be disappointed because they have put in the work to be better.

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019

25 Ways To Kill The Toxic Ego That Will Ruin Your Life

So how do we keep this toxic ego and selfishness at bay? How do we prevent ego from “sucking us down like the law of gravity?” The primary answer is simple: awareness. But after that, it’s a matter of hard work.

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019

The Art of Decision Making

Your life choices aren’t just about what you want to do; they’re about who you want to be.

Friday, Feb 1, 2019

How To Be Successful

Here are 13 thoughts about how to achieve such outlier success. Everything here is easier to do once you’ve already reached a baseline degree of success (through privilege or effort) and want to put in the work to turn that into outlier success. But much of it applies to anyone.

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019

The money, job, marriage myth: are you happy yet?

The ‘success’ narrative is at the heart of our idea of wellbeing, but the evidence tells a different tale.

Friday, Jan 11, 2019

The Cold, Hard Truth: You're Overwhelmed Because You Want to Be

Examining how we talk about our lives by looking at things like holiday letters, Burnett concludes that busyness has actually become a sign of status. We bitch about how busy we are, in other words, to assert our importance.

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019

Useful Hacks

Diets, finances, marketing. Everyone wants a shortcut. It’s always been this way, but I suspect it’s getting worse as technology inflates our benchmark of how fast results should happen. Hacks are appealing because they look like paths to prizes without the effort. Which, in the real world, rarely exists.

Monday, Jan 7, 2019

In Search of Lost Screen Time

Imagine what we could do with our money, and hours, if we set our phones aside for a year.

Friday, Dec 21, 2018

The Reason Many Ultrarich People Aren’t Satisfied With Their Wealth

At a certain point, another million dollars doesn’t make anything newly affordable. That’s when other motivations take over.

Friday, Dec 14, 2018

The Last Curious Man

The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.

The Case for Dropping Out of College

Is spending $200,000 and four years pretend-learning really the best, most cost-effective way to become a better person?

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross

The NPR host offers eight spicy tips for having better conversations.

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

Designing cities to counter loneliness? Let’s explore the possibilities

Do you feel lonely? If you do, you are not alone. While you may think it’s a personal mental health issue, the collective social impact is an epidemic.

Friday, Dec 7, 2018

How Restaurants Got So Loud

Restaurants are so loud because architects don’t design them to be quiet. Much of this shift in design boils down to changing conceptions of what makes a space seem upscale or luxurious, as well as evolving trends in food service.

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018

You probably won’t make it to the top

That’s a game worth winning: The one played with yourself for your own betterment. Not the one played against others, measured against them. Screw that game.