A colleague of mine runs a consulting business, called Behaviorly, where she applies findings from behavioral economics to help improve how other businesses are run. For instance, how bonuses are paid out can change how responsive employees are to the incentive. We have been exchanging emails and I began wondering if I can apply the science […]Read more "Can a business be grateful? Insights from the science of gratitude"
Part one: Screw the process. This project began with the famous phrase, “Well that Crate and Barrel table is way too expensive, I’ll be damned if I spend 1500 dollars for some old splintery barn wood mounted to a metal base.” And lo it was begun. The design phase began with my wife and I […]Read more "Screw the process: Make Nice Things! Part One"
I think we had gone to the thrift store to drop off some furniture, but we decided to go in and dig around. My favorite part of any thrift store is the “smalls” section, where they put all the random stuff that doesn’t really seem to fit into any particular category. I like digging through […]Read more "A meditation on impermanence"
Holding one’s arm out the window to signal a turn is laborious and insufficient for signaling one’s intent, especially given the modern technological aid known as the “blinker.” One of the truck’s blinkers had been non-functioning for a while and I decided to finally do something about it. I had the bulbs in hand, screwdrivers in the […]Read more "Chevy Tree tale: Installation is the reverse of removal."
It is told that the Buddha attained enlightenment by meditating under the Bodhi tree. Here I invite you to seek the mindful path of the Chevy Tree. What does it mean to be mindful? The practice of mindfulness is the process of returning one’s attention to the present moment. In this way, driving an old car […]Read more "Meditate under the Chevy Tree"
Getting that sweater from Grandma can inspire groans, but it should inspire gratitude. Let’s assume we know that this is a time when we should feel grateful, but are not grateful. The question is: how can we generate gratitude for a gift that does not originally inspire gratitude? My passion is in understanding and […]Read more "How to be grateful when we should be grateful, but aren’t."