What I learned last week (#165): rules for happiness, loss aversion, and more!

Panoramic view of trail through woods

A weekly selection of what I was reading, drawing, writing, and doing.

Last week was a bit of a blur and was dominated by Ukraine situation and our house project, not that there is any comparison between the two. I’m definitely feeling a bit helpless about the whole thing and the fam and I have been looking for ways to help.

Actually I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t understand what the reasons were for the invasion of Ukraine before last week, but this video explains some potential reasons pretty well and it was really interesting. It’s a little long but worth your time.

I came across this book excerpt and have been thinking about it as I try not to get too hung up on our house project and not having our own place to live for the moment:

Let go of what’s not working and really assess what is working and ‘what can I be excited about?’ It’s not that bad things don’t happen to me. I don’t label a lot of things good/bad. [Instead, I ask] can I evolve from this? What do I want now? Where is my center now?

Jason Nemer in Tools of Titans

A good reminder of the time you have left is not much which is based on the classic The Tail End.

Nothing like a little Saturday walk with the dog.

Why do people (myself included) make bad decisions? This list in Biases and Blunders covers the reasons pretty well.

When they have to give something up, they are hurt more than they are pleased if they acquire the very same thing.

I haven’t had a quote in my weekly learnings for a while but this one stood out last week:

Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.

Immanuel Kan

Finally, a cool video about the jazz standard The Blues and the Abstract Truth from Oliver Nelson that I haven’t listed to yet and am happily placing in regular rotation now. Hopefully you get a bit of peace from this in the coming days.

See you next week!

Last but not least, check out what I’m up to now.

Comments welcome!

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