Watch this great TED talk to understand what will really make you happy. Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling Upon Happiness, says basically that we aren’t that great at predicting what will make us happy or unhappy. And he backs it up with different research that has been done to prove this.
I watched this talk a number of years ago. And I still remember what it was about. That’s how much of an affect it had on me. It wasn’t the first time that I had heard about focusing on your attitude and thoughts to be happier. But it was the explanation of how our mind isn’t able to predict our future happiness very well that really struck me. And the examples he used to show how we don’t really predict very well how happy we will be as a result of different things happening.
Because we overestimate how much positive and negative changes will affect our happiness, he thinks that we should focus more on changing our thoughts. He calls it synthetic happiness, which probably isn’t the best word for it. But nonetheless this was such an amazing TED talk that I think anyone would benefit from watching it. (Continued…)
I found out about this app on Reddit. It has gotten pretty popular already, which means a lot of people like it. It basically suggests random things for you to do, and uses a point rewards system to motivate you to do more of the tasks. (Continued…)
Apple has added an article on their support site with instructions for installing Windows 10. Good for any of you who have a Mac but want to try out the new version of Windows. To install Windows 10, Apple says you will need a 64-bit Mac with OS X Yosemite, a 64-bit copy of Windows 10, and the newest version of Mac OS X and Boot Camp Assistant.
Great advice from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits for young people who are lost and worried about their future. He talks about getting good at something, connecting with interesting people, and other tips for how to start building your life and your future. (Continued…)
However, they still found that people’s IQ and personality traits tended to differ slightly depending on birth order. They just found that in a larger study of over 377,000 high school students, that the difference is so minor that it doesn’t really mean anything. (Continued…)
Google Play Books has been updated to version 3.5. The best new feature might be the ability to sync notes. But it’s a pretty big update including a new UI for the Read Now page. (Continued…)
Another really interesting person interviewed on The Tim Ferris Show podcast. As usual with episodes on The Tim Ferriss Show, it includes insight into making your life better, including “the single attribute that leads to greatness in any field”. Check out Brain Pickings too, if you haven’t heard about it and you like reading about all kinds of interesting things on different subjects. (Continued…)
Previously you could only view files on your mobile devices with BitTorrent Sync Mobile. The update is available for Android, iOS, Kindle, and Windows Phone. Give it a try or update if you use it.
If you use Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive, you might consider looking into BitTorrent Sync. It’s free and your files are actually stored on your computer instead of the cloud. And you aren’t limited by a storage limit like 5 GB, so it’s great for pictures, music, and videos. (Continued…)
You can now listen to your Pocket articles on your iPhone or iOS device using text-to-speech. If you like audiobooks better than reading books then you might like this. You can listen to articles and web pages saved to Pocket. (Continued…)
The iPhone app is now a universal app that you can use on both iPhone and iPad. Some new features for iPad include a today widget, recent notes view, and page previews in landscape mode. Not as big of an update for Android, but you can now move and copy pages from one section or notebook to another. (Continued…)