My current emphasis: how to make good habits and break bad ones (really)

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Further Secrets of Adulthood — for Habits.

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Quiz Day, or Tip Day. This Wednesday: Further Secrets of Adulthood–for habits. I collect axioms, paradoxes, maxims, teaching stories, proverbs, and aphorisms of all sorts, because I love to see complex ideas distilled into a few words. For years, I’ve been writing my “Secrets of Adulthood,” which are the principles I’ve managed to grasp …


Can You Add to This List of Famous Upholders, Questioners, Rebels, and Obligers?

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Can you add to this list of famous Upholders, Questioners, Rebels, and Obligers? I continue to be preoccupied with refining the framework of the Rubin Tendencies. In a nutshell, Upholders respond readily to outer and inner expectations (I’m an Upholder, 100%) Questioners question all expectations; they’ll meet …


What Habit Would Add the Most to Your Happiness? Does It Fall in These Five Categories?

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Quiz Day, or Tip Day. This Wednesday: Do you want to foster habits in one of these five areas? My current writing project is a book that will be called Before and After, about the most fascinating subject ever, the subject of habits. How do we make and break habits–really? (To be notified when …


Tips, Tips, and More Tips about Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions.

For all of you who make New Year’s resolutions — it’s Day #2! How’s it going? In case you need a little help making and keeping your resolutions, I’m re-posting a round-up of many posts about resolution-keeping. Note: Some of you are thinking, “If making some resolution is important to me, sure, I’ll make and keep it, but I don’t …


How to Spot a Psychopath.

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: How to spot a psychopath. I love finding–or inventing–ways to categorize people. I agree with philosopher Isaiah Berlin, who observed, “Every classification throws light on something.” I’ve devised several of these, and of the ones I’ve come up with myself, my favorites are the Abstainer/Moderator distinction and …