The WSJ Mansion Section May Be of the People, But It’s Not For the People

It is one of the more well-known lines from Lincoln's Gettysburg address: "government of the people, by the people, for the people, ..." Those words, well at least some of them. came rushing back to me as I looked through this week's Real Estate section of the Wall Street Journal. fittingly known as The Mansion. … Continue reading The WSJ Mansion Section May Be of the People, But It’s Not For the People

The HAPPE Method of Journaling

Lara Zielin, an author and life coach, has created a method of journaling she calls “Author Your Life,” where people think about themselves as characters in a story of their making. Author Your Life is a way to write about the life you want to have as if it’s already occurring. Zielin has developed five … Continue reading The HAPPE Method of Journaling

The Spotlight Effect – Part Two: Forget About Your Bad Hair Day

I first wrote about the spotlight effect back in 2019. Simply put, this refers to the fact that all of us pay a lot more attention to ourselves than other people pay to us. Dan Ariely casts the spotlight on this phenomenon again this week with the following letter: Dear Dan, In an effort to … Continue reading The Spotlight Effect – Part Two: Forget About Your Bad Hair Day

Dan Missed the Most Obvious Solution Here…

It's been two weeks, so that must mean it's time for another "Ask Dan Ariely" post, and fortunately, Dan and the Wall Street Journal came through. Here is this week's email that caught my attention: Dear Dan, I know it’s not good for my health to sit at my desk all day without breaks, so … Continue reading Dan Missed the Most Obvious Solution Here…

And I Thought I Was the Only One Having Trouble Reading During the Pandemic

The conditions seemed ideal. Extra time on my hands, and a set of books I received from my family members on my birthday. I had plans to do lots of reading, but for whatever reason, I was having trouble getting through the books. I felt like I had lost my motivation to read. And then … Continue reading And I Thought I Was the Only One Having Trouble Reading During the Pandemic

My Two Cents, Wait Four Cents, Wait $10,000, Wait $7 Thoughts on Gamestop and Robinhood

Earlier this week, I had a former student send me an email asking me what I thought about the Gamestop and Robinhood controversies that have been in the news. I'm far from being an expert on the markets, so as you read my response below, take everything I say with a grain of salt  In … Continue reading My Two Cents, Wait Four Cents, Wait $10,000, Wait $7 Thoughts on Gamestop and Robinhood

This Is What It Takes to Be the WSJ House of the Year

Tuesday through Thursday each week, WSJ editors choose a distinctive property for sale to feature as the House of the Day at WSJ.com/News/RealEstate. On Fridays, readers vote for their favorite. From Dec. 14 to Jan. 4, readers voted among the winners from the last two weeks of 2019 and the first 50 weeks of 2020 … Continue reading This Is What It Takes to Be the WSJ House of the Year

Music Monday: What’s the Best Way to Cope with the Pandemic?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal describes the results of a research study that examined which activities worked best to lift people’s moods during the COVID pandemic. Sex and drugs were among the 43 options participants could choose from, along with exercise, cooking, social media, video calls, and various types of entertainment. The … Continue reading Music Monday: What’s the Best Way to Cope with the Pandemic?

Research Suggests Help for Loneliness

In today's Wall Street Journal, Susan Pinker shares the results of a 2019 study led by Lauren Powell, now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. The study looked at whether getting a dog improved the owner’s activity level, cardiovascular health, and psychological state. On the physical side, owning a dog did not seem … Continue reading Research Suggests Help for Loneliness

Testing the “Peak-End” Rule

Blah blah blah. Blah blah blah. Total Assets = Total Liabilities plus Total Equity Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania. Future value of a lump sum = Present value of the lump sum * [(1 plus the interest rate) raised to the number of years] Blah blah blah. Blah blah blah. Here is an email … Continue reading Testing the “Peak-End” Rule