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55 Things I Want My Future Daughter To Know When I Become A Dad. I’m not quite ready to have children, but I’d be lying if I said I don’t sometimes imagine how my life would be.

55 Things I Want My Future Daughter To Know When I Become A Dad

7 Essential Books on the Art and Science of Happiness. By Maria Popova From Plato to Buddha, or what imperfection has to do with the neuroscience of the good life.

7 Essential Books on the Art and Science of Happiness

If you, like me, are fascinated by the human quest to understand the underpinnings of happiness but break out in hives at the mere mention of self-help books, you’re in luck: I’ve sifted through my personal library, a decade’s worth of obsessive reading, to surface seven essential books on the art and science of happiness, rooted in solid science, contemporary philosophy and cross-disciplinary insight. From psychology and neuroscience to sociology and cultural anthropology to behavioral economics, these essential reads illuminate the most fundamental aspiration of all human existence: How to avoid suffering and foster lasting well-being.

The question of what makes us happy is likely as old as human cognition itself and has occupied the minds of philosophers, prophets and scientists for millennia. Human rationality depends critically on sophisticated emotionality. Donating = Loving. Brené Brown at TEDxHouston. Lehenga Archives. 6Y Collective. 20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Superb Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life. As a hopeless lover of both letters and famous advice, I was delighted to discover a letter 20-year-old Hunter S.

20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Superb Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life

Thompson — gonzo journalism godfather, pundit of media politics, dark philosopher — penned to his friend Hume Logan in 1958. Found in Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience (public library | IndieBound) — the aptly titled, superb collection based on Shaun Usher’s indispensable website of the same name — the letter is an exquisite addition to luminaries’ reflections on the meaning of life, speaking to what it really means to find your purpose.

Cautious that “all advice can only be a product of the man who gives it” — a caveat other literary legends have stressed with varying degrees of irreverence — Thompson begins with a necessary disclaimer about the very notion of advice-giving: How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius. An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence. By Maria Popova Wisdom on overcoming the greatest human frustration from the pioneer of Eastern philosophy in the West.

An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” Annie Dillard wrote in her timeless reflection on presence over productivity — a timely antidote to the central anxiety of our productivity-obsessed age. Indeed, my own New Year’s resolution has been to stop measuring my days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence. But what, exactly, makes that possible?

This concept of presence is rooted in Eastern notions of mindfulness — the ability to go through life with crystalline awareness and fully inhabit our experience — largely popularized in the West by British philosopher and writer Alan Watts (January 6, 1915–November 16, 1973), who also gave us this fantastic meditation on the life of purpose. If to enjoy even an enjoyable present we must have the assurance of a happy future, we are “crying for the moon.” Thanks, Ken.

Situla Model Apartment by GAO Architects. GAO Architects have recently completed the interior design for a model apartment, located in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Situla Model Apartment by GAO Architects

Project description Gao Architects designed the interior of the flat, based upon a story. Based upon a way of living an urban, dynamic and creative life in the core of the city.


Complex Order, Simple Chaos. While researching external source material for an upcoming article on one of the Gestalt principles of perception I came across this explanation for one of them: “When confronted with visual information, people will attempt to organize that information into the simplest form possible.” (1) This statement struck me as, in part, what we often aim for in a design process.

Complex Order, Simple Chaos

There’s a problem, however, with the author’s statement and I missed it the first few times I read it. Eventually on reflection it occurred to me that simplification has nothing to do with organization. Hence, the simplest form is not necessarily similar to the most orderly form. It is likely that most people can function just fine while ignoring or being unaware of the distinctions between orderly and simple or between chaotic and complex, but not designers. The thesis I’m going to build here has some holes in it, but I still deem this to be a worthy examination.

Distinctions The two process continuums are: References: 1. 2. How to Pick Your Life Partner - Part 2. This is Part 2.

How to Pick Your Life Partner - Part 2

Part 1 is here. Often, the key to succeeding at something big is to break it into its tiniest pieces and focus on how to succeed at just one piece. When we examined procrastination, we talked about how a great achievement is just what a long series of unremarkable tasks looks like from far away. In the pixel post, we looked at a human life up close and saw that it was just an ordinary Wednesday, again and again and again—and that achieving life happiness was all about learning to be happy on a routine weekday.

I think the same idea applies to marriage. How to Pick Your Life Partner  To a frustrated single person, life can often feel like this: And at first glance, research seems to back this up, suggesting that married people are on average happier than single people and much happier than divorced people.

How to Pick Your Life Partner 

But a closer analysis reveals that if you split up "married people" into two groups based on marriage quality, "people in self-assessed poor marriages are fairly miserable, and much less happy than unmarried people, and people in self-assessed good marriages are even more happy than the literature reports. " In other words, here's what's happening in reality: Bandipur Resorts & Packages. India's Favourite Short Break Portal Discover Getaways From Bangalore.

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