Articles by Eric Barker
This is how to find joy: 4 simple secrets to the good life
Four things we can learn about happiness from our elders.
This is what the best teams and families do: 3 rituals from research
What makes a team effective?
This is how to “work smarter not harder”: 3 secrets from research
Get better work done in less time — and even achieve that mythical “work-life balance” unicorn everyone is always talking about.
Interesting people: 7 things they all have in common
The most interesting people may be compelling for different reasons but they have 7 basic traits all in common.
How to be your best self: 3 secrets backed by research
Research shows the benefits of caring for yourself the same way you care for your friends, pets and family.
7 surprising books that will make your life better
These 7 books can help you cheat at life by spending less time frustrated, and more time living well.
6 ways, backed by research, to goof off and get more done
Research showing that being a touch lazy might be beneficial at times. Here are 6 of the best ways to slack off to be more productive.
Difficult relationships: 5 easy ways to improve them, backed by research
Relationships — whether with coworkers, friends or lovers — are a mash-up of cooperation and competition. Here are 5 steps to happiness and healthier connections.
Ancient wisdom reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy
Learn from the Stoics — turns out they knew a thing or two — and try these 4 rituals for a happier life.
How to increase emotional intelligence: 5 powerful secrets
Your 5 step guide to understanding and gaining emotional intelligence. It may be the 'it' concept of the moment but 'it' works.
Get better sleep: 5 powerful tips from research
Stop killing your IQ. The 5 top tips from research to improve your sleep.
The morning routine experts recommend for peak productivity
By starting the day right, you can definitely accomplish what matters.
This is how to overcome anger: 5 powerful secrets from mindfulness
Often, anger can tell you what’s important to you. If you listen and learn, you can overcome it and make it work for you.
Changing these 4 beliefs will make you surprisingly happy
Getting over these four commonly held irrational beliefs will make you much happier.
This is the best time to do anything: 4 powerful secrets from research
Dan Pink's new book "When" provides scientifically-based insights on the best and worst use of our time, for maximum productivity.
How to be persuasive: 7 secrets from hostage negotiation
Think you know what really influences people? Maybe you’ve read some stuff on the subject before? Well, you’re probably making a lot of mistakes. Here are the most counterintuitive — and effective — techniques you’ve never heard about.
10 ways to turn yourself into a productivity dynamo
You’re only productive at work three days out of the week. How can you improve that? Here are 10 easy ways that could change your life.
The easy way to save money: 6 powerful secrets from research
Research shows how your brain relates to money and can teach you how to make smarter choices. This way you can keep your millions.
How to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from neuroscience
Understand what’s really driving your behavior and you can really fix your life. Three secrets from neuroscience can help.
How to make people like you: 6 science-based conversation hacks
So you want to know how to make people like you? It’s easier than you think. Here are six research-backed conversation hacks that will get things off on the right foot.
4 things that will make you more motivated, happy, and creative at work
Nothing is more motivating than progress in meaningful work and nothing more taxing than setbacks. Here's how to do it better.
9 steps to New Year’s resolutions that last longer than New Year’s Day
Eighty-eight percent of people fail to achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Here's how to be one of the few people who keep them and make them stick.
Top 6 secrets to making emotionally intelligent friendships
How do you increase emotional intimacy and build emotionally intelligent friendships? It comes down to six steps. Let’s get to it.
This is how to be productive without being miserable: 8 proven secrets
You can be more productive without turning into a robot. Here are the 8 secrets to get you there.
Stoicism reveals 4 rituals that will make you confident
So when you’re feeling not-so-large-and-in-charge and need a boost, here's how to use the modern version of ancient Stoicism to manufacture more mojo.