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Decades of data suggest parenthood makes people unhappy

Are people with kids happier? Studies say no and point to a happiness gap among parents and nonparents. Childless people are happier in some countries. Our folk knowledge assumes that children are key to living a happy, meaningful life. But decades of studies show that parents are less happy than their nonparent peers.

Productivity

The 100 Best Pens

At its most basic, a pen has to do just one thing, but there are so many reasons to choose one over another. Does it glide along the page, or does it drag? Does the ink flow in a smooth line, or is it unpredictable?

Organizational Skills

The PopSocket Changed My Life

The first PopSockets gripper I plastered to my phone's rear-end was a freebie gift thing I received from some company's swag bag. Amidst the magnets, notebooks, business cards, and other marketing ephemera, there it was: the circular doodad that has leapfrogged selfie-sticks as the must-have mobile accessory for our smartphone-saturated society.

PhotoCamp Daily - A Daily Adventure

Web Hosting

Work Environment

Photography

Arbus, Untitled and Unearthly

A series considered one of the towering achievements of American art reminds us that nothing can surpass the strange beauty of reality if a photographer knows where to look. Beginning in 1969 and continuing through the last two years of her life, Diane Arbus traveled regularly by bus to New Jersey to photograph people at residences for the developmentally and intellectually disabled.

Better Business

Writing

Books

29 of the Most Gifted and Highly Recommended Books

It started with a simple question: What book (or books) have you given away to people the most and why? The email was sent to an interesting subset of people I've interacted with over the past year - CEOs, entrepreneurs, best-selling authors, hedge fund managers, and more.

The 100 Best Pens

At its most basic, a pen has to do just one thing, but there are so many reasons to choose one over another. Does it glide along the page, or does it drag? Does the ink flow in a smooth line, or is it unpredictable?

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Decades of data suggest parenthood makes people unhappy

Are people with kids happier? Studies say no and point to a happiness gap among parents and nonparents. Childless people are happier in some countries. Our folk knowledge assumes that children are key to living a happy, meaningful life. But decades of studies show that parents are less happy than their nonparent peers.

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The Real Roots of American Rage

The untold story of how anger became the dominant emotion in our politics and personal lives-and what we can do about it. Soon after the snows of 1977 began to thaw, the residents of Greenfield, Massachusetts, received a strange questionnaire in the mail.

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Why Small Habits Make a Big Difference

James Clear’s book Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones explores an interesting subject, on the compounding nature of the long game. While everyone is looking for big gains-the proverbial get rich quick scheme-there is a space that’s not getting much attention.

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Lauren Daigle and the Lost Art of Discernment

Those outside of the conservative-Christian world might be tempted to dismiss all this as the desperate gasps of a shrinking group of fundamentalists. But there is a larger lesson at the center of this fiasco that deserves our collective attention because this sort of reflexive condemnation isn’t restricted to Christian communities.

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The last hollow laugh

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and the Last Man (1992). Rarely read but often denigrated, it might be the most maligned, unfairly dismissed and misunderstood book of the post-war era.

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You’re Hardwired to Love Social Media

It should be impossible to feel ambivalent about social media anymore. The horse is dead and beaten, its bones picked over: We know services like Facebook harvest our data, spur violence, and elect madmen. Using products like the social network implicates us in a system that has, on occasion, made the world worse in very vivid ways: Rodrigo Duterte, the authoritarian president of the Philippines, has “turned Facebook into a weapon,” and you can see the end result in the…

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A Method for Digging Out of a Creative Pit

Creation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Try this the next time you feel like you’ve run out of creative juice. Seek out something beautiful that you already know you love. A passage from a favorite book. A piece of art. A still picture from a favorite movie. The cover to a favorite album.

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