The mysterious appeal of the low tech and heirloom

There is something incredibly plasticky in modern life. When I was young I really enjoyed the beautiful colors, universal availability, and disposable nature of the things we use. Now, as I get older, I start to focus on other things. Craftmanship and perfection in details, history, and soul. From plastic to virtual products There is …

7 Common Parenting Mistakes That Discourage Children Attitude and Performance

“Parenting is hard. It is one of the most difficult jobs one will ever have, but it is also rewarding. It can be tough to know what will work for children and how to help them succeed in school, but there are a few common mistakes that parents make that discourage children attitude and performance.”  …

Why success looks so similar to failure

Some people appear to be successful but inside feel like a failure. Others are just the opposite. Why does success look so much like a failure and what we can learn from it? This article is inspired by the book “Good to great“. The towering companies that fall In 2001 an influential book was published, …

Angry children

Some of our kids are angry. Especially after the COVID19 period. There is a lot of suppressed energy. Nobody can handle effectively so many changes during one year. But angry children are nothing new. They have always been around. And in theory, we should know how to handle them effectively. More reading here, here, here, here, …

Vacation and detox

5 Ways to Improve Your Focus With Physical Activity

Vacations are important. Even if they are spent close to home. There is a science of optimizing vacations,  and the detachment they offer. The optimization goes way beyond the trivial “spend less see more” idea into the area of the best experiences for your brain. More reading here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. …

Middle class: money, happiness or both

Money does not bring happiness, it brings comfort. Happiness does not require money: it needs a sense of purpose and simple pleasures. Money and happiness compete over similar resources. How come so many think they are the same? Can we have both? More reading here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Money buys comfort …

Own your choices

I am writing as much for myself as for the readers. Anna envies the quality of therapy my writing provides. Currently, in my forties, I am reevaluating my own life choices. Some of them I love more, some less. Being responsible for my choices, I am making peace with that responsibility. So I am making …

Accept the weird with a positive attitude

The science of humor is a serious business. Humor makes us more positive and resilient. Clowns are used for therapy and funny animals may improve your well-being. I take humor very seriously. Each year I write an article about humor and publish it on April 1st. Enjoy. More reading here, here, here, here, here, here, …

Humanity’s Tendency Towards Loneliness

Is loneliness so bad? So many of us replaced real-life connections with virtual ones. We miss the human touch. Our brain reacts differently. We are social animals. Yet many people in human history willingly choose and enjoy loneliness and even hermitage. I did not form my opinion yet, so I invited Jack Lee to write …