Tag Archive: Happiness

Feb 10

Why it is Sometimes Faster to Slow Down

Hurry Up and Wait Yesterday I was driving. It was a two lane road, a typical fairly high speed state highway just out of town. I heard it first, a low rumbling sound like I imagine a bear makes before ripping a hiker to shreds for trying to get a selfie with its cubs. It …

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Jan 07

The Power of Love and Fear

I’ve heard it said that there are only two basic emotions, love and fear. Everything else is a derivative of these basic two drivers. When we talk about freedom it is useful to differentiate freedom to (love) and freedom from (fear). It is about running towards something or running away from something. This is an …

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Dec 23

How to Find Contentment

There are really two ways to become more content with life, as contentment is really just a comparison between what is actually happening to us and what we expect or desire to happen to us. When these match or our expectations are exceeded we are content. Humans do not perceive absolutes very well. Unless we …

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Oct 26

How Understanding the Marginal Utility of Money Will Make you Happier

  Money is a very interesting thing, and not as simple as it seems at first glance. I really didn’t understand it’s complexity until recently. We go to work and in return we receive money as payment.  We spend this money on stuff. This is as sophisticated as most people get. I thought of myself …

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Oct 22

Happy Philosopher’s Weekend Reading: Volume 5

The internet is a vast place of almost endless information, and as I mentioned in an earlier post I hypothesize that efficient filtering will be one of the most important changes we will implement to get manageable amounts information we actually want to consume. Well, until AI is up to the challenge it is our …

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Jun 04

A Walk In The Woods

The Walk Well it wasn’t really a walk, more like a vigorous hike. I guess it was a walk. We walked/hiked about 9 miles total with 3000 feet of elevation gain in less than 4 miles of climbing. I was not all that well prepared for the walk with my thick cotton pants and running …

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May 10

Decluttering 2.0 – Beyond The Basics

In a previous article I described my experiences with the Konmari method of decluttering. Eliminating unnecessary material things from your life is great, truly, but decluttering 2.0 is realizing there are many other things that are perhaps even more important to cull. The material things are easy because they are seen. Non-material clutter can be …

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Apr 12

How to Live a Life of Quiet Desperation

Most of us will get there soon enough just by doing what we are doing. Or perhaps you have been living it for some time now and wonder how it came to this. The lucky few who have escaped can read on with bemusement. Thoreau put it so brilliantly:   The mass of men lead …

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Mar 14

Happiness is a Candle

  Happiness is a Candle Happiness is the essence of what we seek. Everything we do is to try and maximize it. Often we fail not because our desire is lacking, but we don’t really know what true happiness is. We confuse it with other emotions like excitement or comfort or pleasure. We may define …

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Mar 12

Intermission

It was mid-morning, maybe 9:00 or so, and it was too nice of a day not to be outside. I go for a walk on most days I’m not working. It is a form of mediation for me. I never grow tired of my walk even though I have been on the route hundreds of …

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