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Creeping normality explains why what once was unacceptable to society is now an accepted normality. A powerful tool for governments and institutions, we should all be cautious of it.
Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) are a future threat to freedom which we cannot ignore. Here’s a summary of the potential advantages and disadvantages of CBDCs – and how we can prepare for them.
Gold is the investment that everybody loves to hate. But does it still offer a valuable hedge and opportunity for tough times ahead?
Flotation tanks (or “sensory deprivation tanks”) are an underestimated weapon in a world of external stimuli. Here’s an overview of the benefits of flotation tanks, backed by scientific research.
Consuming mainstream news is a waste of your time. Here’s why I think we should all switch off the news and never turn it on again.
A history of war and psychology provides lessons on obedience which we can’t hide from forever.
Backcasting and premortems encourage us to work backwards mentally from success and failure. Here’s why they can help improve our creativity.
Psychology research suggests that “flow” activities can help keep us healthy and happy. Here’s how to find yourself in the zone more often.
Mental models can help us think and understand the world better. Here are some of the best mental models for decision making and innovation.
Clutter has a wide range of costs for our well-being. Now, more than ever, we need to understand those costs and take action.
Confirmation bias is perhaps the most dangerous of all our thinking errors. In a world of information abundance, we need tools to reduce it.
Positive psychology is teaching us more about the foundations of a happy, fulfilled life. Here are 5 must-read ideas from the field.
Mastering the world of cognitive biases can open the door to better judgements and better habits. Here’s the only introduction to cognitive biases that you need.
Three important trends underline the importance of financial independence more than ever. And everyone should be awake to them.
The Feynman technique is a highly effective mental model to learn and understand concepts. These are the four steps to follow.
Modern routines can be a force for mental rigidity. Here’s what the research tells us about how to improve our cognitive flexibility and creativity.
The research tells us that autonomy can make us feel and perform better. So how can we find more of it in our work and personal lives?
Our obsession with streaks can be a force for good or bad. Here’s why streaks play such a powerful role in our psychology.
Leisure statistics paint a mixed picture on how we are allocating our time and how we might allocate it better.
Self-Determination Theory points to three intrinsic needs which underpin our intrinsic motivation. Here’s why we should all be aiming for them.
We are powered by cycles, but our routines often fail to respect this reality. Here’s why we need to think, work and rest in cycles.
If you’re interested in minimalism but not sure where to begin, why not try a 30-day minimalism experiment?
The health risks of loneliness pose one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. Finding a personal balance is more pressing than ever.
Commitment devices are an effective tool to form lasting new habits and kick old ones into the turf. Here’s how to use them.
Attempts to resolve the dissonance between effort and results can lead to years of misplaced energy. Here are some ideas to avoid this trap.
Conspicuous consumption is paradoxically biased towards poorer income groups. Research offers some lessons on where this trend may take us.
Survivorship bias can lead us down a road of years of wasted time and money. And we may be more susceptible to it than ever before.
Compound interest is perhaps the most fundamental of all personal finance principles. Here’s an introduction to the concept.
A social media detox can bring about renewed focus and clarity. Here are the steps, the benefits and the takeaways from my own experience.
Inversion can help us see and solve problems differently by reversing the way in which we think about them.
Geographic arbitrage can dramatically shift the calculations on financial independence. Here’s how it works.
The psychology of anchoring and adjustment can undermine our spending decisions, negotiations and relationships. But it’s also an underestimated opportunity.
Hanlon’s razor reminds us to avoid attributing behaviour to malice where it can be adequately explained by neglect or stupidity.
Everybody would benefit by maintaining a version of this simple personal finance chart. It is the road to financial independence in two lines.
At last, the open-plan office is nearing its end. Here’s why the research shows us that’s something we should celebrate.
Hindsight bias suggests that with the passing of time we are likely to see our predictions more favourably. Here’s how to avoid this trap.
How can we delay gratification for our own good? And why does it matter? A growing body of academic research offers some important answers.
Conventional advice on minimalism is reductive and implicitly tied with privilege. Here’s how zero-based minimalism moves the starting blocks.
The psychology of the default effect can be a powerful tool in our financial arsenal. But only when we put it to the right use.
Deliberate practice is enhanced by the science-backed benefits of deliberate napping. Now is the time to embrace “the 24-Minute Rule”.
To get up time and time again in the face of adversity, we must move from learned helplessness to learned optimism. Here’s how.
What is the secret to finding purpose in everyday work? And are we looking in the right place? Here’s what the research tells us.
With recent extreme volatility on financial markets in mind, here are six principles for preparing and coping with volatility and uncertainty in investing.
An understanding of hyperbolic discounting can unleash improved decisions across all aspects of our lives. Our future rewards depend on it.
Minimalism is about much more than our stuff. Breaking down this common perception requires a deeper look at the layers of less.
Decluttering our physical spaces can be a battle against our innate psychology. To win this battle, we must first honestly call out the enemy.
In times of crisis, some take their information consumption up a notch, and some bury their heads in the sand. The case for the middle ground has never been more important.
Modern technologies allow for the rapid spread of emotional contagion. In the face of an evolving global crisis, this may do more harm than good.
Our brains play a powerful adaptive role in the formation of habits. Here’s the science and how to use it to your advantage.
We are losing the precious ability to be alone with our thoughts, and with it foregoing the vast benefits of solitude. Here’s how we get it back.