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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.
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.
Social Security will pay out nearly $1 trillion in benefits this year. For more than half of all recipients, the payments are more than 50% of their retirement income. But for the eighth year in a row, this critical pay-as-you-go program will take in less in taxes than it pays out in benefits.
“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.
Your odds of success improve when you are forced to direct all of your energy and attention to fewer tasks.
David Hume, the Buddha, and a search for the Eastern roots of the Western Enlightenment.
As the backlash against smartphones builds, and science lags, parents are waging a fraught battle with their kids and other parents.
Many families are discovering that a 20-year term for a life insurance policy isn’t enough.
Experiments in evolution are exploring what would happen if we rewound the tape of life.
Faced with an overwhelming, opaque, and largely unregulated industry, people crowdsource tips and educate themselves about skin products.
A new study examines how expertise changes the brain.
We’ve already uncovered the key to long-term happiness and fulfillment.
Big-box retailers nationwide are slashing their property taxes through a legal loophole known as "dark store theory." For the towns that rely on that revenue, this could be a disaster.
A new poll finds that far from being more moderate than urban or rural voters, suburbanites are actually more partisan.
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.
Human are wired with an over-the-top obsession with what others think of them. Here’s how to bring it under control.
Some traits that don’t fit our traditional narrative for what love is and what love should be are actually necessary ingredients for lasting relationship success.
As a test, Homeland Security officials tried to sneak guns and bombs through TSA checkpoints. They succeeded almost every time.
Under pressure of a warming world, does ‘glacial’ need to be decommissioned and pushed over the climate cliff?
Cheap and effective, CBT became the dominant form of therapy, consigning Freud to psychology’s dingy basement. But new studies have cast doubt on its supremacy – and shown dramatic results for psychoanalysis. Is it time to get back on the couch?
There are way we express our love for one another beyond words, but all are a language of sorts.
How to become an “antischolar” in a culture that treats knowledge as “an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.”
Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning, and language skills.
The drawbacks of Medicare Advantage plans can become apparent when serious illness or injury strikes.
We spoke with a riding instructor for advice on how to navigate the city streets with confidence.
Strategies to help retirees recall and remember people, places, and things.
Reading takes time from your day but contributes much more than that to your daily life.
Saveur’s resident Scandiphile eats and drinks his way through Copenhagen in search of cultural transformation.
The Danish capital ranks high on the list of the world’s healthiest and happiest cities. With obesity and depression on the rise worldwide, here are its lessons for how to combat them culturally.
Discovering one’s “purpose” in life is not about some great achievement, but merely finding a way to spend your limited amount of time well.
“We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come… We live everything as it comes, without warning.”
A silent, powered-off phone can still distract the most dependent users.
It’s trial-and-error from the get-go. And if you’re like most people, it’s been mostly error.
Despite the popularity of local food, the average farmer is not thriving.
What Socrates, Plato, and Confucius understood about time.
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.
Research suggests long hours alone don’t create the psychological bind that ties workaholics to their job.
“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.”
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.
Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots.
Working backwards and breaking free from the norm exposes new and unique opportunities you probably haven’t considered.
The "blue screen of death" is taking on a whole new meaning.
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.
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.
The ravages of time—and humanity—have unfortunately left us with mere scraps of their biographies and treatises.
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.
What makes things cool?
Many Chinese phone companies have a long way to go in the software department, but Chinese Android phones run whole new operating systems that happen to support Android apps.
Striving for excellence is not in itself bad, but don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
In a new model of living, residents will have their own “microunits” built around a shared living space for cooking, eating and hanging out.
If you truly understand the difference between what is and what is not under your control, and act accordingly, you will become psychologically invincible, impervious to the ups and downs of fortune.
Rejuvenation technology, mind uploading, and a second shot at life.
"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.
We always turn outwardly for everything: happiness, advice, affection, love, approval. But it's much better to rely on yourself.
We are all trained to be passive thinkers and doers, but it can really hold you back.
Those who imagine that life in the past was simpler, slower, and better are wrong.
“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.”
Our biases and judgement, apparent or not, have serious influence on our decisions and it's not always positive.
Happiness as an achievable goal is an illusion, but that doesn't mean happiness itself is not attainable.
Sometimes setting an unreasonable goal is the only way to jump-start your fitness.
“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.”
A guide to getting off the couch, no matter how much you might resist it.
Knowing your deal-breakers can help you know the right relationship when you see it.
The despair from comparing ourselves with others is the original fake news. We need to develop a new relationship with our thoughts.
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.
“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”
An evidence-based guide to surviving your holiday bug.
How work schedules, rituals, and writing environments affect the amount and quality of time invested in trying to write.
People have felt a need to be more and more productive for a long time. This method's been working for 100 years.
"Should" traps us into searching for that one right answer, while "could" opens our minds to creative possibilities.
“And it is so simple… You will instantly find how to live.”
Enterprises are struggling because they are using yesterday’s paradigms to solve today’s problems. Let’s fix that.
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.
As our writer cheered on his three-year-old at the Strider Cup in Texas—a merciless race replete with tears, anxiety, and elation—he had one question: Is intense competition good for the tiniest of competitors?
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.
How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.
There’s a reason Big Tech knows us so much better than we think – each of us is far more normal than we realise.
Don't let the Biggest Loser study get you down! There's hope.
A machine mapped the most frequently used emotional trajectories in fiction, and compared them with the ones readers like best.
Notes from a month-long hydration quest.
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.
Why did the busiest person in the world, former president Barack Obama, read an hour a day while in office? Why has the best investor in history, Warren Buffett, invested 80% of his time in reading and thinking throughout his career?
This simple switch flips your perspective for the better.
What a restless coffee drinker learned from going to circadian-rhythm rehab (a tent in the woods).
One thing I’ve noticed over the years of bringing my students to Ireland – my homeland – is that they pay rapt attention to the little things.
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 greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”
“When you can’t create you can work.”