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The inspiration about this post came from an article I read which mentioned about the backward law from British writer and philosopher Alan Watts.

So what’s the Backward law? What can it tell us about Happiness?

Alan Watts says

When you try to stay on the surface of the water you sink. When you try to sink you float. When you hold your breath you lose it. Which immediately calls to mind an ancient and much-neglected saying “Who’s ever would save his soul shall lose it.”

You can apply that same thinking to our pursuit of happiness. The more we…


PSYCHOLOGY

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Truths are illusions that we have forgotten as illusions.

Are we living in a lie?

I look out my window and see two orange trees. Orange trees: one concept, two entities. In reality, they’re not the same. One has 203 leaves and the other 106. One has roots that run 6ft deep and the other 3ft. One has many branches and the other only a few, yet we call them the same tree.

We simplify the world into useful concepts and fiction. Instead of seeing 100 different trees, we see a single forest. We live in a world of illusions that allow us to survive and…


PRODUCTIVITY

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There is a solution so simple to some of the world’s most complex problems that you probably won’t believe me I tell you.

It’s been used to build mega structures, used to save lives and also used while flying an airplane otherwise been not possible.

You might also be surprised to discover that the same solution can be applied to improve your productivity, creativity, and efficiency.

It’s a checklist.

When you have a situation where you’re dealing with breathtaking levels of complexity you need a system to handle and as it turns out i.e Checklists are surprisingly simple solution to…


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Even if you are normally a happy, motivated, and generally high energy person it’s likely that at some point in life you’re gonna find yourself in a rut.

A period of time where you feel listless and unmotivated. You feel burned out. You don’t know what to do with yourself, and you don’t feel like doing anything.

And now you’re wondering to yourself, how did I get here?

More importantly, how do I get out of this rut?

Well, I have certainly gone through my share of ruts and listless periods of life before. So what I want to do with this post is to share a few things that helped me get myself out of them.

Now before I get…


MONEY

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Money Exists To Facilitate System of transfer

What if money didn’t exist? Try to imagine a world without money. We would have to go back to the barter system. But can it be efficient and more specifically how can it solve the problem of double co-incidence of wants.

It means if I want X and I have Y and you have Y and want X. So in the barter system, this would have been a perfect exchange. But these types of exchanges have a very rare chance of happening in the modern world. And money solves that problem. It is nothing more than a medium of exchange…


HEALTH

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When we talk about food, it’s usually in absolutes. There’s good food and bad food. Spinach is good for you. Milk is bad for you. Coffee is bad for your health.

Could is it possibly be this simple or are we missing something when we talk about food?

From 1975 to 2016, the prevalence of overweight or obese children and adolescents aged 5–19 years increased more than four-fold from 4% to 18% globally

Our relationship with dieting is just as unhealthy. …


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I was addicted to energy drinks. Monsters, Red Bulls and I knew it was unhealthy for me. I needed help to make me quit. I remember reading something about the lines that it makes your heartbeat irregular. That stuck with me. But not enough for me to quit.

For a long time, I would try and fail again and again. It was always just one more time excuse that would come up. …


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I would imagine considering that you clicked on this article that you’re looking for a way to organize your life. Maybe get a clear idea of the way forward. I’m going to share with you how I do it.

It’s easy to get lost in the chaos but fortunately, I found that with a few simple practices I can see my life and what I need to do a lot more clearly.

I’m going to split these up into three parts.

1. Fireworks

To organize my life I have found that I must see what I am organizing. It’s amazing to me…


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WhatsApp started in February 2009 and quickly became the world’s messaging service because of the network effect and it was unique in itself. Unique in terms that when it launched, personal messaging was through SMS and it costed money. WhatsApp made it possible to send a message through the internet to anyone in the world as long as they are on the same platform and cost zero money to send a message. It was eventually acquired by Facebook in 2014.

The hot debate right now is that should you leave WhatsApp because of new terms and conditions and go use…


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I think that reinventing yourself is powerful. The idea, the opportunity that we have with the fresh start of a new year. Just to look at how the year went and see where improvements can be made. Where adjustments can be applied, where we can get back on track.

It’s interesting that how every year I’m at a different place be it mentally and physically. After the year we just had, I feel the desire to go back and do the basics. I want optimism, I want a path forward. To do that I did this. I made a list…

Harshal Murkute

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