304/365 The base of will and character

The ability to control impulse is the base of will and character. By the same token, the root of altruism lies in empathy, the ability to read emotions in others; lacking a sense of another’s need or despair, there is no caring. And if there are any two moral stances[…]

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303/365 Hidden from our conscious selves

An idea that has been activated does not merely evoke one other idea. It activates many ideas, which in turn activate others. Furthermore, only a few of the activated ideas will register in consciousness; most of the work of associative thinking is silent, hidden from our conscious selves. From “Thinking,[…]

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302/365 If you know what you love

Theoretically, if you know what you love, then every time you make a decision you’ll have a pretty damn clear idea if it’s taking you closer or further away from what you love. You’ll know the right thing to do. So self-love is a moral issue. It consists of doing[…]

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301/365 Deliberate envisioning of loss

It’s a hard thing to actually do: be grateful when there’s nothing wrong. You almost have to lose something in order to see its value. [..] Any time you deliberately imagine a problem you don’t actually have, you can create gratitude for not having that problem. [..] The deliberate envisioning[…]

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300/365 Something that we can conquer

It should be plain to anyone that for every concern you defuse, another emerges to replace it. Yet we are so prone to looking at our list of worldly concerns as if it is something finite that we can conquer. I suppose it is technically finite, but do you really[…]

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299/365 Shifts in perspective

Changing how we think about the world changes, for all conceivable purposes, the world we live in itself. All of my major breakthroughs in life can be reduced to shifts in perspective, and often they come directly from reading about a perspective shift someone else experienced. From “This Will Never[…]

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297/365 And it’s free

We typically pursue happiness by trying to rearrange the world around us, trying to get currency to go from someone else’s possession to our own, trying to get someone else’s impression of us to go from unfavorable to favorable, and trying to get our bodies to beaches and parties. There’s[…]

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296/365 Intrinsic motivation

From the psychological point of view, motivation can either come from within the person (intrinsic motivation), or be driven by external factors (extrinsic motivation). Extrinsic motivation can work quite well, but its appeal usually wears off after some time, or when you run out of rewards to collect. Intrinsic motivation[…]

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295/365 Non-automatic attention

Automatic attention evolved as a life-saving ability. However, in the modern day when every electronic device is equipped with flashing lights and a variety of annoying sounds, automatic attention can ruin your focus very quickly. [..] Focus is a deliberate action. It is not a state of mind, at least[…]

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