I flew out of town today. At the airport’s TSA checkpoint I was pulled aside for additional searching. Turns out, my hands tested positive for a chemical that was red flagged. I asked them what chemical it was. I didn’t get an answer. As two agents searched through my stuff, they commented how nicely folded … [Read more…]

5 Things I’ve Used to Help Fall (and stay) Asleep

Magnesium: Magnesium glycinate specifically. This is the most absorbable form and provides the highest levels of bioavailability. Helps with cramping and nerve issues too. Tea: Specifically Yogi Kava Stress Relief tea & Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime tea. Honey: 1 tablespoon honey (preferably raw) mixed with 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 1 cup hot water. … [Read more…]

Superficial Solutions

“Sometimes we divert our mind with public shows or gladiatorial contests, but in the very midst of the distractions of the spectacles it is undermined by some little reminder of its loss. Therefore it is better to conquer our grief than to deceive it. For if it has withdrawn, being merely beguiled by pleasures and … [Read more…]

Noah Kagan’s Coffee Challenge

I recently listened to an episode of The Tim Ferris Show featuring Noah Kagan, the founder of SumoMe. Among his business and personal growth advice, Noah encourages people to take the “Coffee Challenge”. It involves asking for 10% off whatever you order the next time you’re at Starbucks or some other coffee shop. The purpose … [Read more…]

Integrating Losses

The flip side to segregating gains is that people generally prefer experiencing one (bigger) loss to multiple smaller ones. That is, we prefer integrated losses to segregated ones. So, it’s less painful to lose $100 once than $50 twice. More practically, it helps explain why ripping a band-aid off is preferable to removing it slowly. … [Read more…]

The Upside of Misfortune

“Everlasting misfortune does have one blessing, that it ends up by toughening those whom it constantly afflicts.”  “…so you must now offer yourself bravely for treatment…For all your sorrow have been wasted on you if you have not yet learned how to be wretched. “That a soul which has conquered so many miseries will be … [Read more…]

Segregation Can Be Good

Segregation of gains that is. What does that mean? Well, according to behavioral economic theory, it brings people more pleasure to experience multiple, smaller positive outcomes (gains) than one big gain. This means you’d experience more overall pleasure finding two fifty-dollar bills a couple hours apart than you would finding a single hundred-dollar bill. Even … [Read more…]