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An evidence-based guide to surviving your holiday bug.
Limits and constraints do not box you in, they help mold your results and release your creativity.
Mental models guide your perception and allow you to make decisions, and solve problems. Learning a new mental model gives you a new way to see the world.
If most of us, myself included, were completely honest about our balance between consumption and creation, we’d see that it’s pretty out of whack. We consume far more than we create when it should be the opposite. Every day our consumption diet includes any of the following
For most of the history of our species, in most parts of the world, bathing has been a collective act. It might be time to resurrect this ancient and deeply human art.
Despite the popularity of local food, the average farmer is not thriving.
We’ve already uncovered the key to long-term happiness and fulfillment.
It’s trial-and-error from the get-go. And if you’re like most people, it’s been mostly error.
It’s tempting to think that in order to be a valuable team player, you should say “yes” to every request and task that is asked of you. People who say yes to everything have a lot of speed. They’re always doing stuff but never getting anything done.
Streetcar, bus, and metro systems have been ignoring one lesson for 100 years: Service drives demand.
People have felt a need to be more and more productive for a long time. This method's been working for 100 years.
Working backwards and breaking free from the norm exposes new and unique opportunities you probably haven’t considered.
Practical thinking is a valuable skill that has helped me to solve complex problems in my life and career.
I sent out the call the week before my wedding: Anyone who has been married for 10+ years and is still happy in their relationship, what lessons would you pass down to others if you could?
A course at Northwestern University teaches students about what makes a healthy relationship.
As the backlash against smartphones builds, and science lags, parents are waging a fraught battle with their kids and other parents.
“When we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.”
Genetic engineering will bring us new Bolts and Shaqs.
A machine mapped the most frequently used emotional trajectories in fiction, and compared them with the ones readers like best.
“Bravery is always more intelligent than fear, since it is built on the foundation of what one knows about oneself: the knowledge of one’s strength and capacity, of one’s passion.”
“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”
I’ve said before the first 3 hours of your day can dictate how your life turns out. And this often begins with the very first thing that you decide to put in your brain.
Reading takes time from your day but contributes much more than that to your daily life.
The QWERTY keyboard was once the envy of the world, but not anymore.
As a test, Homeland Security officials tried to sneak guns and bombs through TSA checkpoints. They succeeded almost every time.
Saveur’s resident Scandiphile eats and drinks his way through Copenhagen in search of cultural transformation.
Our time on this planet is limited. Most of us realize that sooner or later. And yet, we keep on squandering our time and running around in circles. Why is it that we waste so much of our time? Most people think that we, humans, don’t understand the value of time.
Where the hard edge of physics meets the vulnerable metaphysics of the human heart.
Conflicting with your superiors may not be a daily occurrence, but there are times when it’s necessary. Here’s some tips on how to go about it.
How to become an “antischolar” in a culture that treats knowledge as “an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.”
A quick nap before the caffeine kicks in can give you an extra bit of energy that might just be what you need to get through the rest of your day.
Happiness as an achievable goal is an illusion, but that doesn't mean happiness itself is not attainable.
The problem isn’t your social skills.
The most useful mental models from the best mental model curators in the world.
Faced with an overwhelming, opaque, and largely unregulated industry, people crowdsource tips and educate themselves about skin products.
The Manhattan Project, the program that developed the first nuclear weapons during World War II, worked out of three purpose-built cities in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Washington state. An exhibition considers their design and legacy.
Erez Komarovsky built a bakery empire and changed how Israelis ate. Then he dropped out to tend his garden near the Lebanese border. He shared with us three challahs and his recipe for a life of constant change.
Although income inequality is a constant reality, it has been consistently increasing in the United States for the past half century.
Pitching a tent, healing a wound, and finding your way are about the most important things you can learn how to do. They're also the easiest.
One of the biggest mistakes we make is that we assume we always learn from our mistakes. I’ve met enough people who learned little from their own stupidity. We all know these people. In fact, we probably are these people. You know why? It’s damned hard to learn from your mistakes.
The company sells a somewhat uneasy combination of capitalist ambition and cooperative warmth.
There are two primary mental shifts that occur in the lives of all highly successful people. Many make the first, but very few make the second. Both of these shifts require a great deal of mental stretching from conventional and societal ways of thinking.
If you’re not learning you’re standing still. So what’s the best way to learn new subjects and identify gaps in our existing knowledge? There are two types of knowledge and most of us focus on the wrong one. The first type of knowledge focuses on knowing the name of something.
Productivity doesn’t suggest that you get the right things done. It just means you get a lot of stuff done. But that’s not what matters.
Aja and Kelvin McClanahan got married in 2004 knowing that each brought debt to the union. But they didn’t talk numbers before the wedding, and when they added it all up later, the Chicago newlyweds had a shock: Together they owed $60,000, most of it in the form of student loans.
In a new model of living, residents will have their own “microunits” built around a shared living space for cooking, eating and hanging out.
We need self-awareness and tools that keep us in check.
Deciding a level of importance for each task you have allows you to quickly organize which to do first, and which not to do at all.
At the start of the winter semester, I introduced my students to the routine: before each class, they’d silence their phones, get a pouch from the box, and lock their phones in.
How to ask better questions.
Although people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is, they really don’t. Actually, we’ve become so dependent on caffeine that we use it to simply get back to our status-quo. When we’re off it, we under perform and become incapable. Isn’t this absurd?
How to nurture a love that “would stand as a firm wall,” that “won’t let you fall, and it gives warmth.”
Choose your words carefully and you can get someone to change their mind, or see you in a new light.
Sometimes the common methods aren’t right for you and yield frustration, not productivity. Luckily, there are other approaches you can try.
Lessons of physical prosperity in a despotic regime.
You simply have more chance of career success if you have more skills.
For years Donald Heathfield, Tracey Foley, and their two children lived the American dream. Then an FBI raid revealed the truth: They were agents of Putin’s Russia. Their sons tell their story.
If we lose our capacity for solitude, our ability to be alone with ourselves, then we lose our very ability to think.
These women chose to have both a family and a job as a pro skier or mountain guide. But they're often subjected to a public narrative that either villainizes or discredits their decision.
How I learned to think like the world’s best and brightest.
Those who imagine that life in the past was simpler, slower, and better are wrong.
The reason I study productivity is because I’m an unproductive person. I truly am. If it wasn’t for my productivity system, I wouldn’t get anything done. I wouldn’t even write this article. But if you browse social media, all you see is super productive, healthy, and wealthy people.
Rarely will you find a fitness tip that is equally applicable to all areas of your life.
There’s always a dirtier side to a luxurious lifestyle and they get more predictable the more you see.
Research suggests long hours alone don’t create the psychological bind that ties workaholics to their job.
When I first came across Charlie Munger’s 1995 Speech, The Psychology of Human Misjudgment, I realized that I could learn more from him than my MBA. So I spent the next few years reading and researching about cognitive biases and how we mislead ourselves.
“Success” isn’t just having lots of money. Many people with lots of money have horribly unhappy and radically imbalanced lives. Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.
A leading neuroscientist on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack, and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it.
What a restless coffee drinker learned from going to circadian-rhythm rehab (a tent in the woods).
Many families are discovering that a 20-year term for a life insurance policy isn’t enough.
David Hume, the Buddha, and a search for the Eastern roots of the Western Enlightenment.
Writing can help you gain clarity and confidence in many areas of life. The sooner you start, the better.
There are way we express our love for one another beyond words, but all are a language of sorts.
"Metabolism" has been twisted and spun to the point where what many of us think about it is not entirely correct, if at all. Let’s straighten some of that out.
There’s a reason Big Tech knows us so much better than we think – each of us is far more normal than we realise.
Here’s one more way our modern sleep schedules might be killing us.
It was always about the long term.
Your odds of success improve when you are forced to direct all of your energy and attention to fewer tasks.
Setting goals and keeping up with the industry while job searching helps build up the positive attitude that shows potential employers you can handle the job when it comes.
Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative.
We spoke with a riding instructor for advice on how to navigate the city streets with confidence.
We always turn outwardly for everything: happiness, advice, affection, love, approval. But it's much better to rely on yourself.
The "blue screen of death" is taking on a whole new meaning.
A new study examines how expertise changes the brain.
A new poll finds that far from being more moderate than urban or rural voters, suburbanites are actually more partisan.
“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.”
When I grew up, it wasn’t cool to read. These days, every coffee shop is packed with folks that are reading a book while sipping on a latte. That’s a great shift. I’m also reading more books than ever.
The traditional 9–5 workday is poorly structured for high productivity. Perhaps when most work was physical labor, but not in the knowledge working world we now live in.