What We Are Reading

January 7, 2012

Here is another taste of what we’re reading at QS Labs. Hope you enjoy!

  • A thought-provoking post from Less Wrong on Pleasure vs. Desire, or why we want things we don’t like and like things we don’t want.
  • J Paul Neeley’s pretty amazing story of optimizing many areas of his life, and turning his discoveries into a project called Masamichi Souzou.
  • A 9-step, very QS approach to managing your money and achieving financial independence. It emphasizes tracking without judgment, increasing awareness, setting intentions – all good QS principles. [PDF here]
  • The best data visualization projects of 2011, from our friends at Flowing Data.
  • Nicholas Feltron’s annual report [podcast].
  • Navigating love and autism – an insightful story in the New York Times exploring emotion and communication in a background of neurodiversity.
  • Tim Hartford on Trial and Error – a great TED talk on the importance of experimentation.
  • An interesting research article outlining “what works” for physical activity and diet behavior change – self tracking is #1! [PDF here]
  • A template and explanation of a daily mood tracking chart based on the National Institute for Mental Health’s prospective Life Chart Method for bipolar disorder. [PDF]

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