Needles from the Haystack #14 – 12/2018

Needles from the Haystack #14 – 12/2018

The year is almost up, but the stream of great content never ends.

I found a lot of value in the 10 strategies to be happier through gratitude. Actually, I really need to put this book on my Christmas wishlist. A.J. Jacobs is an awesome writer and never fails to entertain or educate. This solo-podcast of his is no different!

I also loved the interview with Dr. Rick Hanson. This comes from my repository, as I didn’t find enough great stuff to curate last month. But back in the days, this interview made me buy the book and it changed me noticeably. It’s great to be able to see more goodness around you, especially when you feel like there isn’t much. The book and practice made my life better, no doubt about it!

I hope you’ll have a great month of December and wish you a Merry Merry Christmas!



10 Strategies to Be Happier Through Gratitude – A.J. Jacobs @ Tim Ferriss Show

You don’t get into a stable state of happiness by accident. It’s a skill to get there. You need to use tools and practise with them. Gratitude is such a tool and using it will make you happier. You can’t avoid it. A.J. Jacobs talks about 10 ways to use gratitude effectively and I think he’s on to something here.

New Neuroscience Reveals 9 Rituals That Will Make You An Amazing Parent – Eric Barker

If you want your kids to do what you want without exercising power, being aware of how you talk to them is critical. Kids process what you say very differently from what you’d expect.  And if you take that into account, things will go much smoother. I knew about some of the techniques before and those work great. So I will give the others a try as well.

I Assume I’m Below Average – Derek Sivers

Being humble looks good to others. That’s a plus. But more importantly, you can profit from this mindset yourself and every day. Discover why and how in this one-pager.

Taking In The Good: Teach Your Brain To Change Your Life For The Better  – Dr. Rick Hanson @ TheArtofCharm – Podcast

Ever noticed that our brains seems to be like velcro for the bad but teflon for the good? Kinda sucks, if you think about it, right? Here’s why that is and how you can change that sad fact. I used this method every day for a while and enjoyed its benefits greatly. And today I still use it when I need it.

A Life Of Productivity: The Top 10 lessons I learned From A Year Of Productivity – Chris Bailey

Lessons learned from a year-long experiment: reading everything that is out there on how to be more productive and testing those methods in everyday life. These are the top 10 insights from that year. I’m glad someone went through this for all of us!

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