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Thursday, Oct 12, 2017

Work and the Loneliness Epidemic

There is good reason to be concerned about social connection in our current world. Loneliness is a growing health epidemic. We live in the most technologically connected age in the history of civilization, yet rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980s.

Friday, Sep 29, 2017

A need to walk

There is an art and history to walking and walking well. “To walk for hours on a clear night is the largest experience we can have” writes Thomas Clark in his poem, In Praise of Walking. He was speaking of countryside walks beneath the stars. But a night walk in a city also brings with it its own great pleasures. Rebecca Solnit writes in Wanderlust, “Cities have always offered anonymity, variety, and conjunction, qualities best basked in by walking.

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017

There are 100 days left in 2017.

What could you do in a hundred days? Could you write a book? Could you launch a side project? Could you hand in your notice? Could you make progress on [fill in unrealized dream here]? Sure you could. Will it be any good? Hell, I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to be good.

Monday, Sep 25, 2017

Feeling bad about feeling bad can make you feel worse

Pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat, while embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, according to new UC Berkeley research.

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

You Have to Show Up. Every. Day.

Showing up once in the pursuit of your goals will put you ahead of most people who operate by fuzzy aspirations but will put you behind everybody who actually achieved something. Once you get clear on your goal and what you have to do to hit that goal, show up every day. Start developing a habit.

Monday, Sep 11, 2017

You’ll Never Be Famous — And That’s O.K.

Today’s college students desperately want to change the world, but too many think that living a meaningful life requires doing something extraordinary and attention-grabbing like becoming an Instagram celebrity, starting a wildly successful company or ending a humanitarian crisis.

Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017

Maybe We All Need a Little Less Balance

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been told to strive for balance. Yet I’ve noticed something interesting: The times in my life during which I’ve felt happiest and most alive are also the times that I’ve been the most unbalanced.

Thursday, Aug 31, 2017

Are You Downplaying Luck’s Role in Your Life?

When we succeed, we often take that success, in retrospect, to be the result of suffering that liquid trinity of blood, sweat, and tears. Perhaps fortune favored you here and there but, by and large, it was your effort and talent—not contingency—that won the day. Nonsense, says Robert Frank, a professor of economics at Cornell University.

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

How often do you unplug?

How often do you turn off or get away from all your devices and notifications? Do you have an activity you like to do during this time?

Friday, Aug 25, 2017

Save Your Sanity. Downgrade Your Life.

In recent years, a number of studies have documented the effects of techno-stress — the psychological and physical impact of spending countless hours staring at a screen. According to the 2017 A.P.A. study, on a typical workday, 85 percent of people are constantly or often digitally connected (by email, text and social media). On their days “off”? It’s nearly the same: 81 percent.

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017

The Golden Age of Bailing

There was a time, not long ago, when a social commitment was not regarded as a disposable Post-it note, when people took it as a matter of course that reliability is a core element of treating people well, that how you spend your time is how you spend your life, and that if you don’t flake on people who matter you have a chance to build deeper and better friendships and live in a better and more respectful way.

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.