mind hacks

'A Dollar Is A Dollar, Not A Percentage Of What You're Buying'

Getting something on sale is a great feeling, but it can mess with your mind. We all know this, but it’s hard to avoid our mind’s internal bias. Here’s a good mantra to repeat to yourself: A dollar is a dollar, not a percentage of what you’re buying.


Treat All Linear Growth As Exponential Growth When You Save Money

When we think of our savings, we tend to think in linear terms. If you save $20 every week for a year, you’ll have $1040 by the end of the year. However, when it comes to saving money (or anything else), linear growth becomes exponential growth the more you do things.


Remind Yourself 'It Must Not Be Easy' When Dealing With Difficult People

We all have to deal with difficult people we can’t avoid. Seeing things from their perspective helps create empathy and understand their perspective. Use the phrase “It must not be easy” to help you see the other side before you react.


Remember 'Money Is Permanent' To Curb Spending Habits

Splurging on meaningless things is too easy to do. Determine which transactions are really important by remembering you have a finite number of dollars to spend in your lifetime.


Lessons From Doctor Who: 'Scared Is A Super Power'

Mindfulness teaches us that our physical reactions don’t need to reflect our mental states. We can’t ignore our heart racing, but we can choose our reaction. A recent episode of Doctor Who explains this lesson well.


Compare Yourself To The 'Old You' Instead Of Others To Stay Positive

When you’re working hard to change a habit, develop a skill or achieve a personal goal, it’s hard not to compare yourself to others. Doing so can bring you down or breed hateful thoughts, however, so you’re better off comparing yourself to someone you know you’ve surpassed: the old you.


The Five Points Of Wisdom Philosophy Can Provide You

Philosophy is an important part of how the world is shaped. You might not think it’s worth your time learning about, but here are five things philosophy is good for, and why they should matter to you.


Deal With The Elephant In The Room First To Become A Better Leader

When you’re a leader, your job is (in part) to deal with the issues that everyone who follows you is worried about. If you know there’s an elephant in the room, be the first one to speak up about it.


Five Common Myths About Meditation Debunked

You’ve probably heard that meditation can be beneficial, but how much do you actually know about it? Many aspects of meditation are often misunderstood or misinterpreted. Let’s debunk some of these myths so you can start reaping the rewards.


A Guide To The Good Life: The Best Life Hacks From The Ancient Stoics

The term “life hack” has only existed for a few years, but there are plenty of things we can learn from the world’s oldest philosophers. William Irvine’s A Guide To The Good Life: The Ancient Art Of Stoic Joy adapts some of the ancient Stoics’ best tricks for happiness and brings them into a modern context.