3 Reasons you aren’t doing what you say you will do

In this TEDx video by cognitive psychologist Dr. Amanda Crowell you’ll learn how to move beyond mindset-driven defensive failure and into productive failure to succeed at the problems you struggle with the most. She argues that we get trapped in the same cycles, over and over (sound familiar), and offers advice on how to break those cycles and finally succeed at whatever it is you’re trying to do.

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How thinking about the future can make life more meaningful

As a strategy consultant, I think about the future A LOT (probably too much). But this article helped me to justify my behaviors. Written by a Ph.D researcher for Greater Good Magazine, it chronicles the research on ‘prospectus’ or how thinking about the future can help us make better decisions, achieve our goals, fight off negative mental health states and just generally become more kind and generous people. Find out how and why.

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Are things getting better or worse?

This is a great piece from New Yorker Magazine about how science is mostly in agreement that overall Quality of Life (QOL) is better than ever for Americans (and much of the world), despite what our current President might say (and definitely as opposed to what you hear in the media). Average household income, risk of death by accident and serious disease, crime, teenage drug and alcohol use, etc. are all much, much lower than at any other point in history. Life is good. Right? However, the jury is still out on whether that is translating to a higher Subjective Wellbeing (SWB), or overall sense of happiness and meaning in our lives. A lot of this is about perspective: both the media’s and our own, and certainly worth a read

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“Maslow’s Pyramid” is based on an elitist misreading of the psychologist’s work

When I first read this headline from Quartz I almost had a heart attack as I clicked through. If you’re anything like me, and hopefully you are because you’re still reading, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is foundational to my education. But this reporter digs into the history to discover the *pyramid* aspect wasn’t created by Maslow, and how this misinterpretation has shaped our thinking about who *deserves* self-actualization ever since. A very interesting read.

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Why you never seem to have enough time

Our modern world *seems* to have us running around like a chicken with our head cut off for most of the day. However, this very interesting article from Greater Good Magazine provides evidence that a lot of our busyness might actually be in our mind. It’s the way we perceive our day that makes it so busy, not the actual work we do (well, sometimes). The good news: that means there is something you can do right now, for free, to change it. Keep reading to find out how.

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Cognitive bias cheat sheet

I love ALL the social sciences because I find it fascinating to understand human behavior and the cultures and societies we create. I also love learning how to improve my thinking, in particular my ability to make good decisions and thus care a LOT about cognitive biases. And then I discovered this beauty on Medium and it felt like Christmas…enjoy!

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