The surprising science of happiness TED talk

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The surprising science of happiness TED talk

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…)

Shuffle My Life Android app released

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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…)

Advice for people in their early 20s

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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…)

Tim Ferriss interviews Maria Popova, writer of excellent Brain Pickings blog

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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…)

BitTorrent Sync mobile app gets ability to create, edit, and share files

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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…)

Pocket adds text-to-speech to iOS app

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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…)