MEMO

Issue #268

Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. Take One That Isn’t.

What’s your personality, and what can it tell you about your true self? Those questions have launched a thousand online personality quizzes. But you can do better than those specious — yet irresistible — quizzes. You can take a personality quiz backed by science.

Psychologists say a good life doesn’t have to be happy, or even meaningful

What does a good life look like to you? For some, the phrase may conjure up images of a close-knit family, a steady job, and a Victorian house at the end of a street arched with oak trees. Others may focus on the goal of making a difference in the world, whether by working as a nurse or teacher, volunteering, or pouring their energy into environmental activism.

Stop Thinking About Your Bad Habits! [Do This Instead.]

There’s a much more effective way to conquer your vices. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, there’s a scene where a magical plant called Devil’s Snare captures Harry, Ron, and Hermoine. The vines wrap around their bodies like hungry pythons as they struggle to escape. “You have to relax,” Hermione tells the other two. “If you don’t, it’ll only kill you faster.” “Kill us faster?!” shouts Ron, suddenly struggling even more. “Now I can relax!!”

Meditation is like mountaineering: approach it with care

Mindfulness meditation is routinely portrayed as a simple, happy, pleasant mind-hack that can help improve almost every aspect of our lives. Just a few minutes of mindfulness, on a few different occasions, is all it takes to reap the benefits of this life-changing practice. If anyone feels hesitant, we’re reminded that it’s just like fitness for the mind – and who wouldn’t benefit from a little mental exercise?


Go deeper on Better Human.

Keeping track of human interactions

My system on how I keep track with whom I meet and what we talked about.

I prefer to read the weekly news

The new system I adopted gave me more time and peace of mind.

Self-reflection

A short overview of my preferred self-reflection framework.

Strategies that helped me to procrastinate less

If you struggle with procrastination, I might help you improve your current situation.

How to keep your digital self safe

A short and actionable guide on how to stay safe online.


Ask me anything

I would love to write about topics you all are interested in. If there is a topic you would love to see covered, you can add it to the thread on Better Human.


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