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Planning a Vacation Is Practice for a Great Life

When I was 13, my parents and I went to Europe on vacation. It was miserable. My father wanted to hit all the major sites, while my mother just wanted to relax. Because they couldn’t agree on what to do, none of us got the vacation we’d hoped for. The post Planning a Vacation Is Practice for a Great Life appeared first on Nir and Far.

Why It’s So Hard to Shake the Way People Make You Feel

Good or bad, our feelings color how we see people. In psychology, a “trapped prior” is a perception of reality that’s colored, or trapped, by past experiences. If not treated, trapped priors can turn into debilitating phobias. The post Why It’s So Hard to Shake the Way People Make You Feel appeared first on Nir and Far.

Don’t Write About What You Already Know — Instead, I’m “Writing To Learn”

For me, writing is a wonderful way to go deep on a problem I’m struggling with. As my friend and fellow author, Gretchen Rubin told me, “Research is me search.” When I’m struggling with one thing or another, my first step is to think through the problem myself. But there are still problems so tricky that they take even more thinking through. The post...

Are We Really Having Fun at Bars or Just Escaping Reality?

For many people, bars and booze serve as the original Tinder or Grinder, a socially acceptable way to shop for a mate. But not everyone in a bar is on the prowl. Some will tell you they go out for drinks to just unwind and have fun. That’s certainly true, but is there a deeper reason? The post Are We Really Having Fun at Bars or Just Escaping Reality?...

The 6 Behavioral Design Books That Paved My Career

I’m surprised I ended up an author. I’m dyslexic, English is not my first language, and writing was always my worst subject in school. Just as surprising as my unlikely path are the mix of books that got me here. The post The 6 Behavioral Design Books That Paved My Career appeared first on Nir and Far.

The 4 Steps to Becoming Indistractable

Overcoming distraction is the struggle of our time. Here are 4 simple steps to manage your wandering mind. The post The 4 Steps to Becoming Indistractable appeared first on Nir and Far.

Why You’re Never Going to Be Satisfied With Life

Why are we perpetually restless and unsatisfied? The truth is, we’re not wired to feel content or satisfied. Here's why that's a good thing. The post Why You’re Never Going to Be Satisfied With Life appeared first on Nir and Far.

The Time Management Technique That Can Work For Anyone

Too often, people eschew a method of bettering their life by naming the reasons it won’t work for them. For most people, it’s not that timeboxing doesn’t work for them — it’s that they’re scared of it. The post The Time Management Technique That Can Work For Anyone appeared first on Nir and Far.

How a Morning Brain Dump Helps You Stay on Track All Day

Even when something is weighing on your mind, taking a minute to write it out can help you get the most out of your day. Here’s how... The post How a Morning Brain Dump Helps You Stay on Track All Day appeared first on Nir and Far.

The Key to Behavior Change is Identity Change

One of the most effective ways to change your behavior is to change your identity. I don’t mean joining the CIA or a witness protection program, or adopting an alter ego. I mean, rather, changing the way you see yourself. The post The Key to Behavior Change is Identity Change appeared first on Nir and Far.

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