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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Olivier Burkeman, "Is the secret of productivity really just doing what you enjoy?"

    The Guardian - 5 Oct 2018

    There is an endless list of books and articles trying to uncover the Holy Grail of productivity and that offer enhancement techniques that do not work. Maybe, as this article claims, it’s because the secret of productivity is simple: it’s just a question of doing what we enjoy. Abundant research shows that, by far, the biggest predictor of whether something gets done is whether it’s fun to do (reads in 3- min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 13 October 2018

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition, Wellbeing

    Joe Pinsker, "People Are Confused About the Usefulness of Buying Fancy Things"

    The Atlantic - 27 Sep 2018

    Luxury goods don’t impress, but repel! Recent research suggests that conspicuous consumption can temporarily increase one’s self-esteem but it does not impress potential friends. Status does not attract new friends because people, when looking for friends, don’t like feeling inadequate (reads in 3-4 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 28 September 2018

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Rebecca Jennings, "Fidget spinners, weighted blankets, and the rise of anxiety consumerism"

    Vox - 10 Sep 2018

    This is an article about the growing “anxiety economy”, composed of products designed to calm us down. An entire, flourishing, industry now deals with the treatment of anxiety through items like fidget cubes and gravity blankets. What does that tell us when we start dealing with mental health issues by throwing products at it? Treating anxiety with stuff is a global phenomenon, but particularly marked in the US (reads in 8-10 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 14 September 2018

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