May 27

Why Relationships Matter

Relationships Relationships are the foundation of a meaningful life. We are surrounded by others, and we largely define ourselves by our relationships. Although life is a single player game, we are not solitary beings. We depend on others for our survival, both physical and spiritual, and life is simply better when we share our successes …

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May 20

The Problem With Self-Help

  Self-Help If you are anything like me, chances are at some point your life was a mess. You may have turned to the self-help-industrial-complex for answers. It certainly makes a lot of promises. Lifestyle gurus tell us to just do “X” and our life will be wonderful. So many promises are made, but like …

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May 14

The Value of Giving Your Stuff Away

Give your stuff away After sorting through our physical possessions and identifying the clutter, there is now the challenge of what to do with it. There are many ways to get rid of physical clutter from simply throwing it away to recycling it to selling it. I have done all of these things and they …

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May 07

Eliminating Clutter: Measure Once, Cut Twice

Measure once, cut twice. I’ve written quite a bit about clutter recently. Clutter is on my mind. My brain has been cluttered with thoughts of clutter, and yes, I do appreciate the irony. Clutter limits our freedom and happiness by stealing our time, money, energy and maybe more importantly, our attention.   Recently I’ve been …

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Apr 29

Life is a Single Player Game

Single player game   Life is a single player game. You’re born alone. You’re going to die alone. All of your interpretations are alone. All your memories are alone. You’re gone in three generations and no one cares. Before you showed up nobody cared. It’s all single player. Naval Ravikant   I stumbled upon this …

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Apr 16

Social Media is Clutter

Clutter Clutter is everywhere in our lives, and getting rid of it increases our happiness. This is the third post in a loose collection of articles on decluttering. First I discussed my experiences with and benefits of what we all think of when we hear the word clutter:  getting rid of actual physical possessions. Next …

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Apr 10

Falling into Happiness

[Editor’s note: Today’s article is a guest post written by my brother, who is not only younger and better looking than me, but a pretty good writer as well. He has some great stories and an insightful philosophy on life. I’m delighted to share this one with you. Enjoy.-HP]   When you fall, I’ll be …

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Mar 30

Should a Medical Resident Rent or Buy a House?

Renting versus Buying a Home: The Happy Philosopher’s Experience   This has been a busy week for guest posts on other blogs. Earlier this week I wrote a post over on 1500days about how to be the happiest person in the room. Today’s blog post is published over at PhysicianonFIRE.com. It’s about the decision process …

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Mar 28

How to be the Happiest Person in the Room

  This blog is about happiness and freedom, and most days I am the happiest person in the room. This was not always the case. For most of us happiness is just a random state that we sometimes find ourselves experiencing, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Happiness is a skill and has …

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Mar 26

Physician Suicide and Identity

    Physician suicide and identity I was out of town, working for several days at a remote hospital. It was about an hour after I finished work. The day was typical, busy but manageable. I was in a very good place in my life. I was about 6 months into my part-time experiment, and …

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