7 min read · Jun 27th · Hygge alone will not save us.
key message of the happiness rankings—that equitable, balanced societies make for happier residents.
the World Happiness Report is more about contentment than exuberant, smiley happiness.
Wanting to copy the happiest people in the world is an understandable impulse, but it distracts from a key message of the happiness rankings—that equitable, balanced societies make for happier residents
~11 min read · Aug 8th · *** Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it out, click here. *** George was late again. It…
Making hard things seem fun is a much better strategy than making hard things seem important.”
And that’s why every January 1st, 40% of people make New Year’s resolutions. The cynics will say, “Hey Barker, those resolutions usually fail.” And that’s true. A 2007 survey found 80% of them don’t last. But here’s the thing: that means 1 in 5 succeed.
Research shows the bigger the transition, the bigger the effect.
6 min read · From 2019 · I have written and published one new article on this blog every single week day for the past four weeks. That’s 20 articles in a month. These are not diary-style posts where I talk about my daily…
8 min read · From 2019 · In this article, I'd like to share 30 “one-sentence stories” about building better habits. (They are not all exactly one sentence, but they are very short.) None of these stories are mine. They were…
From 2017 · After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it's better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to…