Usually when I think about articles to write, I start with the research.
My articles on happiness stem from research in positive psychology or from reading different philosophies of life.
When I write about money it is based in studies and statistics and calculation.
Today, I want to talk about something that I don’t have research on. Instead, this is something that I have used in my life for years and have found very helpful.
It’s a sort of mantra. A reminder to myself when things get stressful.
Respond. Don’t react. Continue reading “Respond. Don’t React.”
The United States Congress has a new member this week.
After losing the race for governor of Montana in November, Greg Gianforte turned around and won a special election to fill Montana’s one seat in the House of Representatives.
Most people are talking about how he won his seat despite body slamming a reporter the night before the election.
Instead, I want to talk about his views on Social Security and retirement.
(And yes, I recognize that only a personal finance blog can be interested in retirement policies while a politician is beating up the press. But we’re all nerds here, and we’re okay with it.) Continue reading “An Obligation to Work?”
On Tuesday I wrote about the recent death of my grandfather. I was planning to write and post that article earlier, but could not convince myself to write after that event was followed up a week later by the death of my other grandfather.
After going most of my life without having to deal with many deaths of loved ones, there have been quite a few packed into the last few years.
This has been hard. I continue to remind myself that death is what gives meaning to life. It is natural and necessary. It is important.
It still sucks. Continue reading “Lessons Learned from Lives Well-Lived”
My grandfather passed away recently. It has been a tough few years for my family, but we have felt a lot of love and support from each other as well as from our community and network of friends.
My cousin gave an excellent eulogy at the funeral. One thing that he noted is that Papa has been insisting that every encounter with him could be the last for years. For at least the last decade, he has insisted that he is almost out of time. Continue reading “Death and Happiness”
Last week I attended an event hosted by the news organization Vox.
The event was a two-day nerd-fest of talking about policy called Vox Conversations. The goal was to get a bunch of policymakers, organization leaders, and nerdy wonks together to talk about policy in the Trump era. Continue reading “Make Space to Be Wrong”
Last week Cait Flanders wrote about how some people treated happiness as a general vibe that they exude and others pursued happiness as a destination. Thinking about this idea started me on a path that had me digging back through my notes on happiness research.
Our culture tends to treat happiness as a destination. Happiness is a goal for which you strive. And of course, the most surefire way to reach happiness is to be successful.
If we stop and think about this premise though, it falls apart. If success causes happiness, then we should be able to see the results. Continue reading “Happiness Causes Success”
A lot of advice for succeeding involves being different. Avoiding blending in. Not following the crowd.
Just be yourself! Be weird! People will appreciate it!
And that may all be true. But it doesn’t make it easy.
Even if being different makes sense and is logical, our brains are not built for it.
We have an evolutionary need to fit in.
Continue reading “Find Your Own Tribe”
It has become a sign of success in the modern world to say that you’re busy.
Being busy signifies that you are a hard worker. You have plenty of opportunities. You are important. And everyone wants to be important!
So you will often hear “I don’t have time.”
“I’d love to have a weekend away with my family, but I don’t have time.”
“I’d love to take up skiing, but I just don’t have the time.”
“I wish I could read as much as you do, but I’m always so busy that I don’t have time.”
You do have the time, though. We all do. We’re just choosing not to use it on that particular activity. Continue reading “You Do Have Time”
Have you ever wondered why a project that you have two weeks to complete ends up taking the whole two weeks, when you can finish a similar project with a shorter deadline in 48 hours?
Remember when you had a whole semester to complete a paper for class? We would always plan to get it done early so that we weren’t writing our paper while also taking final exams. And yet, how many of us ended up still writing the night before the paper was due?
Continue reading “Do More in Less Time”
I fully anticipate a steep drop in the stock market in the near future. If I were to guess, I would say it will come in 2017, but maybe it will be next year.
We’re overdue for a recession. Since World War 2, we’ve had a recession about every five years on average. The last one was in 2008. I’ll let you do the math on that.
We also have a president who has campaigned on threats of trade wars and a Congress who is looking to pass an import tax this year.
So what am I doing to prepare for the upcoming dip? Continue reading “How to Triple Your Investment Returns”