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4 tips for managing coronavirus anxiety

I’m anxious even in the best of times. I guess the upside to this is having had decades to figure out how to manage anxiety. Here are four practices I find helpful: 1. Log off social media, turn off the news Like laughter, fear is contagious. You can see this in birds where one of […]

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psychedelics

That time I drank psilocybin tea with strangers from the internet

β€œThe only good in the world is that which we create.”

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Books read in 2019

See also: books read in 2018 | 2017 | 2016 Book are categorized by nonfiction / fiction and then loosely organized from most to least recommended. Many of this year’s books were read to glean insights for my quest to get my life to a proper baseline of effectiveness; results from that initiative are in […]

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2019 personal development experiments

As noted in the previous post, I attribute better-than-usual success with personal development this year due to some key insights, including using experiments to trial different approaches to self-improvement. Here were the experiments that I found worthwhile: Regular exercise (of the not-too-hard variety) I find that whenever I make regular exercise a habit, I start […]

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2019 personal development insights

This year I made better-than-usual progress in developing into the person I think I ought to be. I cultivated strong exercise and meditation habits, donated 10% of my income, met my savings goals, curbed sugar and alcohol consumption, blogged regularly, and lost 10 pounds. While this increased progress was enabled by having a stable, repetitive […]

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Books read in 2018

I write down brief summaries of books read as a way to help retain my learnings and reflections from them, as well as to help improve my recommendations to others. For more reviews, check out the list from 2017 and 2016. Non-fiction How to Change Your Mind – Michael PollanThis was absolutely the best book […]

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How to Change Your Mind

Despite the rave reviews, I initially skipped reading How to Change Your Mind. Having already read a fair deal on psychedelics, I figured I knew enough on the subject. But the author’s interview with Tim Ferris intrigued me, so I gave the audiobook a try. And I’m glad I did. It was definitely the best […]

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On “Quiet” and befriending your introvert self

I originally resisted reading Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking because it sounded like a pop psychology book, an ideal publication that could be touted to the majority of the book-buying population. “Of course introversion has strengths and weaknesses, duh!” I thought, rolling my eyes at the […]