How to keep your resolutions (clue: it’s not all about willpower) It’s hard to think of a situation in which it wouldn’t be extremely useful to have more willpower. For a start, your New Year’s resolutions would no longer be … Continue reading Willpower comes and goes
Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self You’ve likely seen the video before: a stream of kids, confronted with a single, alluring marshmallow. If they can resist eating it for 15 minutes, they’ll get two. Some do. Others cave … Continue reading How to think about thinking people
Life (and the Pursuit of Happiness)– But for How Long? Confronting our mortality is not an easy task for most people. However, there are many reasons people should consider just how long they might live. In the case of retirement … Continue reading Mortality and happiness
It’s not just you. Time really does seem to fly by faster as we age When we were children, the summer holidays seemed to last forever, and the wait between Christmases felt like an eternity. So why is it that … Continue reading Time flies faster and faster every day
We’re Paying CEOs All Wrong Fred Whittlesey, a compensation consultant for more than three decades, would like his colleagues to take more seriously the weird ways our brains work. In a 2009 paper, he argued that when corporate boards decide … Continue reading How to motivate the executive brain
The Two Biases That Keep People From Saving Money That Americans don’t save enough money is a truism. But why don’t they? The answer is a complex mix of macroeconomics (incomes have stagnated for many workers over the last few … Continue reading Thinking about the future
Does being paid hourly vs. yearly change how you save? The majority of all workers in the United States were paid hourly last year. Typically, hourly wage earners have low incomes and are vulnerable to economic shocks. So we wondered, … Continue reading Why do hourly workers save less?