Wednesday, June 17, 2009

First post

"Know Thyself."

It's hard to do that at the best of times. And we're never in the best of times, are we?

This blog is about happiness & success & fulfillment & all of the other things we get when we really know ourselves - in other words, when we understand what makes us tick, what throws us off track, and what we can REALLY do to influence our own happiness & success.

It's not an easy thing to do. Especially since there are hundreds of so called "experts" out there willing to give us the 7 step formula to ultimate happiness & success, even though there's nothing in the world to suggest that there is such a thing.

And there's precious little help from the people who DO know the answers to the questions we're asking - the researchers & scientists & psychologists who've spent their life REALLY studying these things. Because in order for them to get the funding they need to continue their research, they need to publish in academic journals, which wouldn't be any harder to read if you translated them to Spanish, then to Japanese, then back to English.

This space is all about translating it back into English. About giving EVERYBODY the opportunity to benefit from what the academics have been learning about REAL human psychology over the past 50 years or so.

The general format is this: I'm going to introduce a paper, write about what it found, and explain how that applies to us all out here in the real world.

There's some ridiculously wonderful stuff coming - Some absolutely fascinating experiments & findings, things that will make you go "Oh, THAT'S why I did that...."

It's essential reading for anybody concerned with happiness, relationship success, financial success, goal achievement, you name it.

And the best part? There is no "magic wand" BS. There is no "Hey, once I was a bit overweight and was broke, now I'm in great shape & make $1,000,000 per hour and I'm going to give you the 3 secrets that'll let you do it with no effort." There's hard evidence, and sources, and all of the other stuff that the self helpers don't want to give you.


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