It’s All About Optimizing Happiness

The vast majority of decisions that we make are made, whether consciously or subconsciously, because we think that they will make us happier.

We end a relationship because we think there is someone out there that will make us happier or we start a new relationship because we think it will bring the happiness that we have been missing. We take the higher paying new job so that we can buy more things and experiences that make us happy. Or maybe to pay others to do things that make us unhappy, like cleaning the house or mowing the lawn. Continue reading “It’s All About Optimizing Happiness”

Budgeting (Or Not)

Let me just say up front that I budget. Don’t pretend to be surprised. I know I’m a nerd.

But I won’t judge you if you don’t.

What I do want to make sure you do is make a conscious decision about how to handle your money. If you’re ignoring budgeting because you think it will take too long or be too constricting, then your money may be leaking out in places that you don’t want it to.

Whether you decide to budget or not, here’s what you should know before deciding how to apportion your money. Continue reading “Budgeting (Or Not)”

Welcome!

“You don’t have to live the way other people expect you to.”

– Chris Guillebeau

Most of us go through life living it like the people around us. There’s no real shame in that. Most people do it. But I’ve found that by taking a little extra time up front to learn, we can tweak our thoughts and actions to become wealthier, more productive, and, most importantly, happier. You can’t live like everyone else and expect to achieve better results.  And it’s not that hard to learn how to optimize your life.

I wanted to create a space to share what I have learned so far and what I plan to learn in the future.  I hope that the lessons I’ve learned will help you and, selfishly, I hope that sparking conversation here will help me learn more too.

In learning to optimize our lives, we will pull from a diverse range of disciplines. In optimizing our money, we will look to the obvious choices of personal finance and investing, but we will also spend time with behavioral economics and charitable giving through effective altruism.

In optimizing our happiness we will look to the worlds of positive psychology and philosophy.

We will also look to psychology and the study of cognitive biases to better understand the way we think. If we can understand how our brains react in different situations we can correct our natural flaws and optimize our decision making and productivity.

By learning more about ourselves and our surroundings, we can become the best possible versions of ourselves.

I hope that you are as excited about this endeavor as I am, and I thank you in advance for coming along for the journey and joining in the conversation as we travel together on the path to a richer, better, and happier life.

(P.S. – If there is anything in particular that you are interested in learning more about, feel free to drop it in the comments or shoot me an email. I’m always looking for new things to learn and new ways to optimize.)