Are Flowers on Valentines Day a Big Dumb Waste of Money?

You can't eat flowers (like chocolate). You can't use them to get coffee (like a gift card). Why do we still give people flowers as gifts?

Somebody’s Watching. Now What?

Does an audience improve or inhibit performance? It depends.

Free Will and Moral Practice

Can we coherently show full contrition without free will? It depends on what you mean by, "If I had it to do over again, I would have done something different."

Toilet Paper, AAA Batteries, and a Clear Mind

Here's how to de-clutter your mind, and never run out of toilet paper again.

Do We Even Understand the Other Side?

Political discussions would go better if we were less biased. That said, here's a skill that will lead to more productive political discussions, even if we remain biased.

Just-in-Time and Deep: The Secret to Less Stressful Planning

Are you worried that you're doing too much planning and not enough doing? Once you know the purpose of personal project plans, you'll know just how much to plan, and when.

Is Authenticity Worth It?

When others won’t accept us as we are, what do we do? We must choose between two important values.

Better Mindsets, Better Results

Here are 4 mindset shifts that can help us win at life.

Big Projects, Big Mood Swings

Learn why we bounce between optimism and pessimism while working on large projects. And discover 6 ways to deal with these mood swings.

Are You Hungry for Your Work?

If our psycho-social needs go unmet at work, our work can feel oppressive in a number of ways. Here are 8 suggestions for making our work less oppressive.

Why Is Procrastination Even a Thing?

Are you a chronic procrastinator? Here's one way to keep moving.

Why Is Time Passing So Quickly These Days?

Here are 4 reasons time seems to speed up as we age, and 4 ways to slow it down.

The Psychology of "Feeling the Bern"

Here's how Bernie Sanders has captured the hearts of Progressives in America.

Four Strangers: A Dialogue Concerning Self-Presentation

How do we describe ourselves to others? What does that say about who we are? Explore these questions in a brief dialogue involving four strangers.

Overwhelmed Much?

Here are 9 reasons most of us are more overwhelmed than we should be.

Would a Basic Income Increase National Happiness?

What if we gave everyone an extra $500 every month just for being a citizen?

4 Self-Portraits That Make Us Self-Conscious

We all worry where we stand with others. These four self-portraits, and the gaps between them, provide a map of your self-conscious thoughts.

What's Missing?

If you know what's missing from your life, maybe you can find it.

5 Organizing Principles it’s Time to Reconsider

If you want to avoid conflict, here are 5 organizing principles you might want to reconsider.

Free Will à la Mode?

Do you have free will? Can you bake a pie from scratch?

Recipes for Creative Genius

Here’s why the top 5 mental focus hacks might not be working for you.

The Creativity Hack You Can Do in Your Sleep

Here are 5 suggestions for exploiting a creativity loophole.

The 7 Laws of Multitasking

If we understand what multitasking does in our brain, we can take advantage of it's benefits while avoiding its dangers.

The 7 Laws of Impatience

When does impatience cost us dearly, and when does it serve us well?

Understanding Impatience

Here's why we're growing more impatient than ever, and what to do about it.

Why (Almost) Nobody Measures Up Anymore

The greater our skill, the more competent we feel. And we are learning more skills today than ever. Yet there’s reason to believe that on average we are feeling less and less competent all the time.

How Can I Accelerate My Personal Growth?

For faster personal growth, take on projects you're not quite ready for, and figure it out as you go.

Maximizing Minimalism

How many kinds of minimalism can you juggle at the same time?

One Surefire Trick For Increasing Your Willpower

If you can convince yourself that there is just one way to fail, and there are many ways to succeed, you can strengthen your resolve. Here's how that works.

Why Do We Procrastinate and Cheat on Our Diets?

Self-control is made more difficult by the way we compare our options over time.