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“After Playing Guitar, I’m Filled with a Sense of Contentment…After Solitaire, with Self-Loathing.”

Habits interview: Ian Ayres. I’ve followed Ian Ayres’s career with interest for a long time. He’s a professor at Yale Law School, where I went, but he’s also from Kansas City and went to the same high school as I did. We Kansas Citians are always on the watch for our fellow K.C. natives. I assume it’s the same for …


“I Created a Different Relationship to the Voice in My Head.”

Habits interview: Dan Harris. I met Dan Harris–the ABC News, Nightline, and Good Morning America correspondent–when a mutual friend suggested that we’d enjoy having lunch, to talk about habits, happiness, and meditation. We had a great discussion, and in fact, Dan was one of several people who inspired me to try meditating. (I discuss this at some length in my …


“The More You’re Served, the More You’ll Eat. And You Won’t Even Think About It.”"

Habits interview: Lisa Young. I met nutrition expert Lisa Young years ago, sometime after I read her fascinating book The Portion Teller: Smartsize Your Way to Permanent Weight Loss. I can’t remember how I finally ended up meeting her in person, but now I get to run into her occasionally, because we go to the same gym. (Very appropriate, given …


“The Constant Temptation to Succumb to a Mindless Habit Like Checking Email Is a Constant Threat.”

Habits interview: Nir Eyal. I first learned about Nir Eyal through his terrific blog, Nir and Far, which is about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. Then I met him at a conference, and had a chance to talk to him in person. A few weeks ago, I read his thought-provoking new book, Hooked: a Guide to Building Habit-Forming …


“I’m Not a Very Good Meditator, But Drawing Is Kind of a Meditative Activity for Me.”

Happiness interview: Elizabeth Svoboda. I was intrigued by the very title of Elizabeth Svoboda’s new book, What Makes a Hero: The Surprising Science of Selflessness. She draws upon breakthroughs in biology and neuroscience, and also upbringing and culture, to understand the nature of selflessness. The Second  Splendid Truth of happiness is: One of the best ways to make yourself happy …