Friday, September 14, 2018. Issue #194
Smartphone Detox: An Antidote to The Age of Brain Drain | Medium
In the age of constant connectivity, distraction is at its peak in life and at work. Our minds need urgent purification to improve focus, replenish attention, and encourage creativity. The average adult checks their phone 50 to 300 times each day. And we tap, swipe and click on our devices 2,617 times per day, according to a recent study.
Think back to the last decision you made. What were your options? How did you choose what to do? Most importantly, was the outcome of this decision instrumental in building your life, productivity, or happiness? Unless I caught you at a particularly productive or essential...
The decisions we spend the most time on are rarely the most important ones. Not all decisions need the same process. Sometimes, trying to impose the same process on all decisions leads to difficulty identifying which ones are most important, bogging us down and stressing us out.
When it comes to exercise, we think about how to “get” fit. But often, starting out is not the problem. “The big problem is maintaining it,” says Falko Sniehotta, a professor of behavioural medicine and health psychology at Newcastle University. 
Even non-German speakers may be familiar with the joys of its compound words. They express something that English just can’t quite grasp, like schadenfreude (feeling pleasure at someone else’s pain), wanderlust (the desire to travel) or doppelgänger (look-alike).
A few years ago, when I was reporting a story on personal finance, I became fascinated by a concept that behavioral economists call the “pain of paying.” The phrase refers to the psychological discomfort experienced when parting with one’s money, and it varies by medium...
Getting out of bed in the morning is an act full of hope. Anything is possible. You could be on the road to a great day. And sometimes, the dream of an engaging and completely productive day is realized. But, some days the wheels come off the cart quickly. 
Carl Jensen experienced what he calls “the awakening” sometime around 2012. He was a software engineer in a suburb of Denver, writing code for a medical device. The job was high-pressure: He had to document every step for the Food and Drug Administration...
Last autumn, I enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley’s massive open online Science of Happiness course to see if I might goose my felicity quotient through an understanding of the edicts dispensed almost daily by the US’s happiness industrial complex. 
What’s the biggest goal on your to-do list? Is it a cross-country move to your dream city? Opening a business? Starting your own blog? Now, consider: Why haven’t you checked it off your list yet? As Jessica Abel, a cartoonist and author, explains...
A book I recommend: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles. According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai—a reason for living. Ikigai urges us to simplify our lives by pursuing what sparks happiness.
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