Category Health & Happiness

Apply own oxygen mask before helping others (part 2)

A couple of weeks ago I offered some advice to Tim in Apply Own Oxygen Mask before Helping Others. And I wouldn’t change anything that I wrote in the article. But I’ve just finished reading How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams (creator of the classic Dilbert cartoons) and I think it’s worth […]

The inestimable advantages of living a more natural life

We all want the best in life.  The best for ourselves, the best for our children, our families and friends. So The Escape Artist is probably not going to be able to persuade the world to stop buying shit on the basis that, after 10 – 20 years of “deprivation”, you’ll be rich. We just […]

What if everything went horribly right?

Having been a pessimist much of my life, I’ve recently been forced to face the possibility that maybe, just maybe, everything is going to be OK. And, quite possibly, a lot better than OK. This means considering upside scenarios that I never used to dare think about. In other words, what if everything went horribly right? […]

Apply own oxygen mask before helping others (part 1)

A reader sent me an article from the The Guardian in which an anonymous guy (let’s call him Tim) writes an open letter to his wife, pleading with her to get a job. The reader thought the article might be interesting to others, particularly those that had read How not to be a Walking Wallet. Below is […]

Scientists find spending doesn’t bring happiness…shoppers carry on anyway

One of the strange things about modern life is that people burn a huge amount of energy trying to earn more money and then spend it all. People must be doing this for a reason….I assume they’re hoping it will bring them happiness? Yet this doesn’t seem to make us all happy.  Studies show that we’re not really any happier now […]

Gap years for grown ups

Why should kids have all the fun? Lots of college students take a year off either before or after going to university. And plenty of young professionals play their cards so they can take a year off to go travelling in their 20s or 30s. Some couples with children even manage to take time out and have […]

Get rich, slim and buff! (no credit card needed)

Firstly, you can relax. I’m not selling you anything in this article. So put away that credit card, pull up a chair and let’s chat. Second, I don’t claim to be a doctor or nutritional research scientist. But this article is based on science. Third, whilst I haven’t appeared on the front cover of Men’s Health […]

Progress, Volatility and The Snowball

A few weeks back, I was struggling with my cycling training. I don’t know why. Maybe I was tired, maybe I was over-training, maybe the dog had eaten my homework. Whatever the excuse reason, I was struggling to keep up with the group. The thought that popped into my head was….I don’t feel I’m making […]

Get Rich…Honestly!

I take it as given that we all agree the path to Financial Independence should not include shoplifting, fraud or mugging little old ladies. But let’s take the concept of honesty a stage further. I have been experimenting recently with Radical Honesty.  This means saying everything you think, without stopping to worry how people will […]

Get Rich…Fast

Its not what you think.  The Escape Artist has not gone mad and turned into a daytrader, timeshare salesman or internet scammer.  Getting rich slowly is easy.  Unfortunately, there is no reliable, legal way to get rich quickly (with the possible exception of running a hedge fund). No, what I am talking about is fasting. […]