Eric Barker

Eric Barker

Eric Barker

Eric Barker is the author of “Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong.” He is also the author of the website by the same name.

Articles by Eric Barker


Neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you an awesome parent

This is what science says about what’s going on in kids’ brains and what they need from you as a parent as they grow up.

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The two words that will lead you to success and happiness

Say yes to things and stay active — especially socializing, which makes us happier. ... Trying to do too many things is the path to mediocrity.


Research report: How to have a happy family in 7 steps

Happy families are better and the children of happy families are more successful. Here's how to get there in 7 steps.


Productivity ninja: 5 powerful tips for getting more stuff done

Become a productivity ninja in five easy steps.


This is how to survive in a toxic workplace: 3 secrets from research

Do you deal with some awful people at work? Do they annoy you beyond belief at times Actually, it’s a lot worse than that — whether you realize it or not.

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The single most proven thing you can do right now to get smarter and happier

Being in good shape increases your ability to learn.


Research reveals: How to create happy memories that will last a lifetime

Latest research on how to create memories for a happier life.

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This is the secret to improving your self-esteem

Stop lying to yourself that you’re so awesome.


This is how to raise emotionally intelligent kids: 5 secrets from research

What usually underlies bad behavior is how kids handle negative emotions. And this is something we rarely teach deliberately and almost never teach well.


4 secrets to reading body language like an expert

In five minutes you can often evaluate people with 70% accuracy.


7 secrets top athletes can teach you about being the best at anything

We’d all like to be better at what is most important to us. Top athletes and their coaches as well as the best sports research can reveal how to get there.


How to achieve work-life balance in 5 steps

Achieving work-life balance can look impossible. And, frankly, it seems like it’s getting harder. Here's how to do it right.


How to say no without feeling guilty: 6 secrets from experts

Being “too nice” can cause legit problems. So how do you say no without feeling guilty? Experts and research have answers.

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How to solve relationship problems: 5 secrets from research

All couples have arguments. There is no magic, conflict-free relationship. (Sorry.) So how do you fight right? That’s what we’re gonna learn.


7 secrets that will make you build good habits

Building good habits can be hard. Here are the top seven most effective secrets to sustaining successful habits.


How to raise happy kids – 10 steps backed by science

Sometimes it’s hard to balance what’s best for children with what makes them happy — but the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

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This is how to make your life awesome: 6 secrets from research

A good life is not outside your reach. It will take some effort — but you knew that, right?

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This is the most insane way to be smarter, confident, and resilient

There’s evidence that the right voices in your head can make you smarter, more confident and more resilient. Here are the three you need talking to you.


How to have a happy marriage: 7 powerful secrets from research

Everybody wants to have a happy marriage. Unfortunately, on average, marriages get less happy with time. This is how to have a happy marriage.

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How to overcome perfectionism: 4 secrets from research

When perfectionism shows up, it often brings its close friends: depression, anxiety and anger. Here are four ways to try and help you overcome it.


4 life hacks from ancient philosophers that will make you happier

You’ve only got 30,000 days of life. Seriously. Here’s what classical philosophers and modern science agree can make those days better and happier.

Personal Finance

How to be smarter with money: 8 simple secrets

If you want to make money over the long haul, picking investments isn’t the real problem. The problem is our behavior. We do dumb things.

Family Life

6 things the happiest families all have in common

Family life is hectic. Most of play it by ear and hope it works out well. Are there legit answers about what creates the happiest families? Yes, there are.


This is how to overcome social anxiety: 5 powerful tips backed by research

There’s a way to deal with fear and anxiety that neuroscientists, the ancient Stoics and mindfulness experts all agree on. And it’s not that hard. Let’s get to it…

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This is how to deal with passive aggressive people

We’ve all dealt with it. The subtle manipulations. Always angling to get what they want, but still looking like a little angel.