Category Health & Happiness

Eliminating fear with bio-hacking

I’ve been writing this blog for over 4 years. When I go back and read the earlier articles, I can see that the writing has evolved over time. Sure, some things never change…I still find my own jokes funny even if no one else does. But I can see that the writing has changed in one […]

Live local, think global

It’s a sign of intelligence to be able to hold 2 seemingly inconsistent ideas in your mind at the same time. The curse of the internet is binary thinking: where people cling to simplistic dogma as if there were no complexity, no nuance and no alternative view that could be held by reasonable people. Sometimes […]

The Inestimable Advantages of Lifting Weights

In last week’s article, The FIREman talked about the challenge of depression. What if there were a medical intervention more effective than anti-depressant drugs? What if it also worked on low level anxiety? What if it actually made you more confident? Not to mention better looking. Well it turns out there is. It’s called “exercise”. […]

Is it even possible to go one month without alcohol?

The Escape Artist got into trouble with Nice Guys last week…and this week I’ll probably be unintentionally irritating people with a drink problem. If you find yourself getting angry over a blog post, its worth asking yourself: why are you so over-invested in it?  Clearly the article touched a raw spot. But why? The human […]

Don’t be a Nice Guy, be a good guy

If you were an alien visiting Earth (perhaps seeing some TV adverts and suburban homes) you might conclude that middle class humans prize comfort above all else….above passion and achievement…certainly above freedom. Why else would people trade decades of their life working for more cushions, curtains and sofas? For fluffy white toweling robes on expensive […]

Get rich…without mobility scooters

Capitalism is an incredibly productive system for providing what people want and are prepared to pay for. Sadly, it lets us down when we want things that are bad for us.  Or, perhaps more accurately, we let ourselves down. Take mobility scooters for example. Let’s agree upfront that some people have no other choice in […]

The striking similarities between getting rich and getting ripped

With financial independence comes extra free time. One way that I’ve chosen to spend mine has been on my fitness. And over the past year, I’ve changed my exercise focus towards strength and flexibility. In the past, I’ve found just going to the gym to lift weights BORING.  And, by myself, the motivation just wasn’t […]