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Capacity Is A State of Mind

It’s tragic how we adults tell children anything’s possible while telling ourselves we’re out of options. It’s also frustrating to consider how we find ourselves in these deeply-grooved ways of thinking about nothing but our limitations. Why do we do this? I think it’s a product of the group. It’s socialized thinking. We are naturally […]

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Let’s Give Each Other Halos

Certain experts in certain fields can make very good judgements in a very short amount of time. These judgements are often as accurate as any finding that would be rendered in a more lengthy, more thorough analysis. Delivered with confidence and certainty, such quick assessments feel like a parlor trick of sorts. It’s the way […]

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How Consistency Shapes Our Identity

Logic is lovely. It allows our minds to produce a sterling line of consistent thought, weaving facts we observe into theories we infer. Without it, there would be no science of any kind, no elegant solutions to known problems, no deductive reasoning. I can’t think of a more bedrock concept in human cognition. Of course, […]

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The Best Book for Understanding Happiness

Stumbling on Happiness Daniel Gilbert Rating 10/10 Best Line #1: Wealth doesn’t matter; utility does. We don’t care about money or promotions or beach vacations per se; we care about the goodness or pleasure that these forms of wealth may (or may not) induce. Wise choices are those that maximize our pleasure, not our dollars, […]

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A Simple Technique for Emotional Resiliency

Tell me if you’ve ever had this sort of thought: “If X doesn’t happen, I’m going to be miserable.” Or “I’ll be so happy if only Y happens.” I think this is a common thought pattern and it make a lot of sense. Predicting future emotions helps us prepare for them. But these predictions underlie […]

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One Dangerous Way Our Imagination Tricks Us

Imagine the following scene: you’ve just completed your first marathon. It’s a warm summer day, the sun is shining, you cross the finish line, and your mind plays back the long journey that brought you to this point. Hundreds of hours of training, constant soreness, weird injuries, weight loss, weight gain, more weight loss, and […]

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Happiness Is Understanding Your Three Selves

There’s an important line in the first chapter of Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling On Happiness that puts a lot of things in perspective. To Gilbert, it is a cornerstone for all our behavior and many of our emotions. It reads as follows: The human being is the only animal that thinks about the future. This is […]

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