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Choose your words carefully and you can get someone to change their mind, or see you in a new light.
Don't worry, no one knows what they really want and there are still ways we can help each other.
I have something important to tell you. Something really important. I’m talking about life-changing, paradigm-shifting, plane-of-reality-transcending, poop-your-pants-and-call-your-mother important. But I don’t feel like writing it down right now.
Powering through your work week after week can cause some serious tunnel vision and prevent you from accomplishing what you’re capable of.
The sleep-wake limbo may have been a boon to our ancestors' survival.
The Mars company has sponsored hundreds of scientific studies to show cocoa is good for you.
The company sells a somewhat uneasy combination of capitalist ambition and cooperative warmth.
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.
In 2007, Charlie Munger gave the commencement address at USC Law School, opening his speech by saying, “Well, no doubt many of you are wondering why the speaker is so old. Well, the answer is obvious: He hasn’t died yet.” Fortunately for us, Munger has kept on ticking.
My overwhelming schedule left me exhausted and empty. Here’s how I fought back.
Streetcar, bus, and metro systems have been ignoring one lesson for 100 years: Service drives demand.
Notes from a month-long hydration quest.
What makes things cool?
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.
The ravages of time—and humanity—have unfortunately left us with mere scraps of their biographies and treatises.
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 work schedules, rituals, and writing environments affect the amount and quality of time invested in trying to write.
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.
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.
Happiness as an achievable goal is an illusion, but that doesn't mean happiness itself is not attainable.
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.
Despite the popularity of local food, the average farmer is not thriving.
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 plastic is the brain?
What a restless coffee drinker learned from going to circadian-rhythm rehab (a tent in the woods).
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.
The drawbacks of Medicare Advantage plans can become apparent when serious illness or injury strikes.
We are all trained to be passive thinkers and doers, but it can really hold you back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A machine mapped the most frequently used emotional trajectories in fiction, and compared them with the ones readers like best.
“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”
How to ask better questions.
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.
Experiments in evolution are exploring what would happen if we rewound the tape of life.
Smart guides for understanding this strange and contradictory moment in history.
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.
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?
We need self-awareness and tools that keep us in check.
It was always about the long term.
Genetic engineering will bring us new Bolts and Shaqs.
Enterprises are struggling because they are using yesterday’s paradigms to solve today’s problems. Let’s fix that.
Those who imagine that life in the past was simpler, slower, and better are wrong.
Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots.
Morning people and night owls are born that way. It's time we accepted that.
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.
“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.”
Strategies to help retirees recall and remember people, places, and things.
Under pressure of a warming world, does ‘glacial’ need to be decommissioned and pushed over the climate cliff?
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.
There’s always a dirtier side to a luxurious lifestyle and they get more predictable the more you see.
The secret to ultimate fitness isn't all that complicated—just spend a month outside, hiking eight hours per day. Kyle Boelte breaks down how his body evolved into an efficient, fat-burning, testosterone-fueled machine over 29 days on the Colorado Trail.
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.
“If we are not regularly deeply embarrassed by who we are, the journey to self-knowledge hasn’t begun.”
Faced with an overwhelming, opaque, and largely unregulated industry, people crowdsource tips and educate themselves about skin products.
How to become an “antischolar” in a culture that treats knowledge as “an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.”
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.
“And it is so simple… You will instantly find how to live.”
The purpose of memory might not be to record everything.
The problem isn’t your social skills.
“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”
As the backlash against smartphones builds, and science lags, parents are waging a fraught battle with their kids and other parents.
"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.
You simply have more chance of career success if you have more skills.
One in every 68 Americans are born with autism spectrum disorder, but there could be generations of people who were never diagnosed.
We spoke with a riding instructor for advice on how to navigate the city streets with confidence.
In a new model of living, residents will have their own “microunits” built around a shared living space for cooking, eating and hanging out.
Saveur’s resident Scandiphile eats and drinks his way through Copenhagen in search of cultural transformation.
“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.”
Training yourself how to put the news into perspective – practising ‘factfulness’ – will change your outlook for the better.
The most useful mental models from the best mental model curators in the world.
“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.”
“For man to be able to live he must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite.”
We always turn outwardly for everything: happiness, advice, affection, love, approval. But it's much better to rely on yourself.
Practical thinking is a valuable skill that has helped me to solve complex problems in my life and career.
How to nurture a love that “would stand as a firm wall,” that “won’t let you fall, and it gives warmth.”
This simple switch flips your perspective for the better.
There’s a reason Big Tech knows us so much better than we think – each of us is far more normal than we realise.
Lessons of physical prosperity in a despotic regime.
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.