Happiness is Other People

Today we’re continuing our recap of 2018 by reviewing what we learned in September.

We had already made a few jaunts into happiness by this point. We learned about the science of happiness, the intersection of money and happiness, and the philosophy of happiness.

In September we built on this base by exploring how our relationships impact our happiness. Continue reading “Happiness is Other People”

Bonus! The Student Loan Tweet Responses

Welcome to a bonus article!

We’ve been spending 2018 looking at a different theme each month in an effort to live a happier, richer, and more productive life. We’re still sticking to that plan and will keep our Tuesday/Thursday schedule for those articles, but I felt like I needed to add an in-betweener this week.

I tweeted about my student loans a couple days ago and it connected with people a bit more than I expected. As of this writing it has hundreds of thousands of likes, tens of thousands of retweets, and over 9 million views on Twitter. It also got screenshotted by other people and ended up on Instagram and the front page of Reddit.

Much of the reaction has been either laughter, which was the goal, or support, which is great. There have also been a lot of questions and comments as well as more anger than I am used to.

I couldn’t keep up with and respond to all of the comments and mentions, so I thought it might be worth taking time to address some of the more common reactions here. Continue reading “Bonus! The Student Loan Tweet Responses”

Staying Happy in the Social Media Era

If we’re exploring the role of relationships in happiness, we need to look into social comparison.

It’s great that relationships make us happier, but what if our friends are more successful? Or less successful? What impact does it have when we see photos of other people’s cool vacation and new houses?

How does our mindset and happiness change based on comparison to the people around us? Or the people we see on social media?

And how can we be happy in an age when everyone shares everything online?

Let’s find out! Continue reading “Staying Happy in the Social Media Era”

Being More Productive By Doing Less (At Once)

In my last post I discussed multitasking as something to avoid. I pulled one quote and one experiment to show that multitasking was bad and then moved on with my point.

As a lawyer, I feel the need to double back and support my argument. While many of you agreed, I recognize that I have not actually done the work to convince you that multitasking is, in fact, bad for productivity.

Everyone does it these days. There is so much going on and so many different sources of media that you can’t always help it.

Plus, aren’t you getting more done by doing multiple things at once? Doesn’t squeezing more things into the same time slot mean that you can accomplish more?

Well, no. And here’s why: Continue reading “Being More Productive By Doing Less (At Once)”

Social Media is a Lie

Today we have a story, a lesson, and a plea.

The Story

I live in an apartment building with a roof deck. Our roof has a clear view to the horizon in the west.

Because of this, on many evenings I will grab a book or a podcast (or nothing at all) and sit on the roof to take in the sunset.

The sunset from our roof, as captured by my lovely and talented wife.
The sunset from our roof, as captured by my lovely and talented wife.

Continue reading “Social Media is a Lie”