Articles by Eric Barker
5 fascinating books on how to break bad habits
Let’s look at 5 books that will teach you how habits work, why your brain won’t do the “right” thing, how to address these issues, and how to defeat the dark forces that are actively working against your best intentions.
This is the morning ritual that will make you happy: 4 secrets from stoicism
Many of the greats embraced the concept of “Amor Fati.” To not only accept everything that life brings you, good or bad, but to love it. To embrace it. To revel in it. Every single bit of your life. Yes, even the truly horrible, awful, regrettable, don’t-ever-want-to-think-about-it-again moments.
This is the deadly sin that makes life awesome: 3 proven secrets
When you think about the deadly sins, pride’s actually kinda confusing. Few ethical people are running around advocating greed. Wrath isn’t going to make you a lot of friends. And, as the saying goes, envy is the one deadly sin that’s no fun at all.
How to be happy in today’s crazy world: 3 secrets from research
The modern world promotes a culture of “be yourself.” But if you want to be happy, that isn’t always the best idea. To find more joy, spend a little less time being you and little more time being us.
This is how to sleep better: 5 secrets from neuroscience
I’ll bet you’re not getting enough sleep. Honestly, I’m kind of cheating — it’s a pretty safe bet. And this is the one post where if you fell asleep while reading it, well, I’m not offended.
This is how to make close friends: 4 surprising secrets from research
In many cases, we make mistakes that prevent us from really connecting with others and end up with lukewarm friendships but no idea how to deepen them. Time to fix that.
This is how to become mentally strong: 3 secrets from neuroscience
Ever get to the point where your brain is just pooped? The ol’ grey matter is waving the white flag. You’re exhausted. You can’t go on. You’ve got no more mental energy. Well, sorry, but that’s just not true.
This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience
So how do you go about increasing your attention span? First step: don’t waste what little you have …
This is how to easily make your relationships awesome: 4 secrets
But what makes them work? What makes them fail? What’s the essential building block of a relationship? Why do some spark and others fade? You might have a theory or two but I don’t think we know what really keeps love, friendship, and family going.
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
There are three key elements the best teams and families all have in common that boost trust, cooperation, motivation and overall performance. And they’re going to surprise you.
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.