Posts filed under “Philosophy”

Handbook for Life: 52 Tips for Happiness and Productivity

Around this time of year, people begin making New Year’s resolutions. They are invariably doomed to failure for the same reason most diets don’t work: One-offs fail to change the underlying habits and beliefs that drive our daily behaviors.

That is why I found this list of Zen Habits by Leo Babauta so enchanting. The full run with an explanation for each bullet point is found at his blog Zen Habits and is posted under the title Handbook for Life.

Here are the 52 suggestions for a happier and more productive New Year:

  1. Try rising early.
  2. Do less.
  3. Slow down.
  4. Practice patience.
  5. Practice compassion.
  6. Find your passion.
  7. Lose weight.
  8. Exercise.
  9. Eat healthy.
  10. Meditate.
  11. Get organized.
  12. Think positive.
  13. Simplify your finances.
  14. Simplify your life.
  15. Accept what you have.
  16. Envision your ultimate life.
  17. Set long-term goals.
  18. Review goals.
  19. Life mission.
  20. Plan your big tasks for week and day.
  21. Maintain focus.
  22. Enjoy the journey.
  23. Create a morning and evening routine.
  24. Develop intimate relationships.
  25. Eliminate debt.
  26. Enjoy the simple pleasures.
  27. Empty your inbox and clear your desk.
  28. Build an emergency fund.
  29. Keep a journal.
  30. Use the power of others.
  31. Read, and read to your kids.
  32. Limit your information intake.
  33. Create simple systems.
  34. Take time to decompress after stress.
  35. Be present.
  36. Develop equanimity.
  37. Spend time with family and loved ones.
  38. Pick yourself up when you’re down.
  39. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  40. Focus on benefits, not difficulties.
  41. Be romantic.
  42. Lose arguments.
  43. Get into the flow.
  44. Single-task.
  45. Be frugal.
  46. Start small and slow.
  47. Learn to deal with detractors.
  48. Go outdoors.
  49. Retire early.
  50. Savor the little things.
  51. Be lazy.
  52. Help others.


Handbook for Life: 52 Tips for Happiness and Productivity
Zen Habits, by Leo Babauta

Category: Philosophy, Weekend

This Small Blue Marble

NASA calls the photo below (via Good) “the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date.” It is a spectacular reminder of the small blue marble called planet Earth, and what we humans can accomplish when we cooperate and work together towards a common goal. Regardless of your beliefs system or chosen faith,…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Science, Technology

QOTD: Give a man a gun . . .

A friend sends this quote, which I really like but have been unable to verify: ‎ “Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank and he can rob the world.” -Jim Trotter Can any one confirm that is a real quote by Mr. Trotter?

Category: Legal, Philosophy

Billionaires’ Top 10 List for Success

Barbara Walters on 20/20 (via The Wealth Report) interviews four billionaires, and culls out some wisdom for managing success. You may recall that this is an area I have some interest in. Back in June, I wrote up something along similar lines: 7 life lessons from the very wealthy. Back to The Wealth Report: Here…Read More

Category: Investing, Philosophy, Psychology

What Science Lovers Link to Most

Click for interactive chart: Source: Physics or Fashion? What Science Lovers Link to Most Scientific American, November 2011

Category: Philosophy, Science

Presidential Blame & Credit

Jim McTeague of Barron’s asked a question that led to an even more interesting question. It started as the usual Presidential Election and the stock markets related inquiry — Is President Obama a positive or negative for stock and bond markets? — as I thought about the question, it devolved into something entirely else. I…Read More

Category: Economy, Markets, Philosophy, Politics

The Housing Crash Was Caused by MTV Cribs

Fascinating back and forth in last night’s discussion of what Causation actually is. I want to respond broadly to some of the advocates who still seem to be missing the concept of Proximate Cause. We can substitute all sorts of things in the general statement “The housing boom and bust was caused by ____” —…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Really, really bad calls

The US is Now a Corporate Monarchy

I did an interview with a print reporter yesterday about what has been going on with lack of prosecutions, the banks, and Wall Street in general. We discussed the corrupt exchanges and HFT. I dropped lots of F-Bombs, called out cowards and crooks and held nothing back. (“That fucker belongs in prison; this son of…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Politics, Really, really bad calls

Open Thread: What is Causation?

Last week, I discussed “The Big Lie goes viral” in terms of the causes of the financial crisis. But that commentary begged the issue: What exactly is “Causation“? This is a precise term of art that has a very specific meaning. Many of the world’s greatest thinkers, from Aristotle to Kant to Hume, have examined…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Legal, Philosophy, Really, really bad calls

The World At Seven Billion

The world’s population is expected to hit seven billion in the next few weeks. After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years. Click below to find out where you fit into this story of human life? Source: The World…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Science