I’m currently reading The Good Life, a book about the longest longitudinal study on happiness. Eight-four years long and still has an 84% participation rate. And what does the research uncover as the biggest predictor of happiness? Relationships. Of any type. Because connection is everything.
But was that what we thought?
Waldinger and Schultz write, “… for the sake of illustration let’s take a closer look at one emblematic keystone, a persistent cultural assumption, shared among many cultures all over the world, that is not only old but ancient and shows no signs of going anywhere: The foundation of a good life is money.” Continue reading
As I listened to his podcast on my morning walk this week, Tim Ferriss reminded me about a book he recommended that I read a few years back. It is called The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant. It condenses 10,000 years of history into about 120 pages. Tim said that when you look at that kind of snapshot, you realize we have been here before. Plagues, famines, wars. And we got through it. As we will again. Continue reading
Today is Family Day. A day to sleep in, eat breakfast, walk outside, watch movies and spend time with the people who matter the most. Continue reading
How can we add some extra into our ordinary in 2019? Poet Mary Oliver said, “No one yet has made a list of places where the extraordinary may happen and where it may not. Still, there are indications. Among crowds, in drawing rooms, among easements and comforts and pleasures, it is seldom seen. It likes the out-of-doors. It likes the concentrating mind. It likes solitude. It is more likely to stick to the risk-taker than the ticket-taker. It isn’t that it would disparage comforts, or the set routines of the world, but that its concern is directed to another place. Its concern is the edge, and the making of a form out of the formlessness that is beyond the edge.” Continue reading
What is your definition of success? Is it followers? Likes? Salary increases? Bonuses? Is it moments you felt proud? It is finishing something? Is it starting something? Is it times your children inspired you? Is it the ability to travel? Is it buying your own home? Is it selling your life story?
The definition is different for all of us. The one thing that matters is that it’s something that doesn’t disappoint us once attained. Continue reading
I heard an audio essay by Tim Ferriss last week called the Choice-Minimal Lifestyle and it really stirred up my thoughts. He spoke about how money is renewable while time and attention are non-renewable resources. You can’t get them back once the moment is gone. Continue reading
Author R.A. Salvatore said, “I have come to know that death is an important thing to keep in mind – not to complain or to make melancholy, but simply because only with the honest knowledge that one day I will die can I ever truly begin to live.” Continue reading
Do you remember the Swatch Watch? I had one. Pink and blue and yellow and green. It was a fun way to express myself as a teenager.
Before Swatch came about, watches were all about telling time. Taglines talked about precision and brands you could count on. Then someone decided that your watch could be an accessory to your look, your outfit, the story you were trying to tell. Continue reading