Books

  • How a Book on Negative Thinking Made Me 20% Happier

    How a Book on Negative Thinking Made Me 20% Happier

    There’s one passage from The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman that has been a more potent wake-up call for my happiness than blasting trumpets, buckets of icy water, and a double espresso shot combined. It goes like this: The startling conclusion at which they [reputable psychologists and philosophers] had all arrived, in different ways, was this:…

  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport: 5 Lessons to Tame Technology

    Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport: 5 Lessons to Tame Technology

    “I finally finished it!” my brother told me on a train headed to the north of Germany. By “it,” I could tell, he meant Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. Not just because I had recommended the book to him a few months prior, but also because there was a smugness in his voice that probably…

  • Dopamine Nation: 5 Lessons on Pain, Pleasure, and Balance

    Dopamine Nation: 5 Lessons on Pain, Pleasure, and Balance

    When I was stuck in a deep rut and YouTube rabbit hole a few months ago, I randomly came across an interview with Dr. Anna Lembke — a psychiatrist, author, and addiction specialist. Unexpectedly, I heard her say something that pierced through my apathetic slumber: “We’ve reached a tipping point where abundance itself has become a physiological…

  • ‘The Longing for Less’ by Kyle Chayka: 5 Key Lessons on Minimalism

    ‘The Longing for Less’ by Kyle Chayka: 5 Key Lessons on Minimalism

    I have a strange problem with most content on minimalism: It’s all a bit too convenient. See, the typical minimalist hero’s journey goes like this: (1) discover you feel miserable, (2) blame all your problems on your stuff, (3) get rid of as many possessions as you can, and (4) be happy. It’s a neatly…

  • Finish More Books: How to Unlock the Power of Patient Reading

    Finish More Books: How to Unlock the Power of Patient Reading

    Until recently, reading anything felt straight-up strainful. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read. I kept buying more books, my TBR had grown like bamboo on fertilizer, and, as a writer and philosophy student, reading is part of my job. And yet, reading patiently — let alone finishing books — had become as tough as opening a pickle…

  • Don’t Remember What You Read (In Praise of Forgetfulness)

    Don’t Remember What You Read (In Praise of Forgetfulness)

    Advice on how to remember everything you read is plastered all over the internet. And to me — someone who juggles writing with studying languages and philosophy — this used to sound like the key to the promised land. Here was the antidote to living in a world of information overload. At last, I could escape the torturing anxiety…

  • Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman: Top 5 Lessons

    Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman: Top 5 Lessons

    One of the things I love most about this book is the author’s personal history. You see, long before publishing Four Thousand Weeks, Oliver Burkeman wrote a weekly column on productivity. He’s a productivity geek. A guru. He knows every trick in the book — and added a few chapters. Did it make him happier, though? Complete,…

  • 3 Deep Lessons from Greenlights (and Why You Should Get the Audiobook)

    3 Deep Lessons from Greenlights (and Why You Should Get the Audiobook)

    Ironically, I’ve never been a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey. The only noteworthy thing I used to know about him was the insane number of “Murphs” he dropped in Interstellar.  But then, I picked up his memoir Greenlights on a whim. (It was a long train ride, and I needed some soothing words in my…

  • 3 Key Lessons From Rest by Alex Pang

    3 Key Lessons From Rest by Alex Pang

    Sometimes you’re lucky enough to read a book when you really need it. For me, Rest by Alex Pang was such a book. See, at the time, I was spinning too many plates. Heavy plates. On the one hand, I did a full-time master’s program where I was head over heels in projects and courses.…

  • Deep Reading: The Skill to Absorb Everything You Read

    Deep Reading: The Skill to Absorb Everything You Read

    Deep reading helped me level up my reading practice in every possible way: Ironically, I discovered it after a long and painful reading drought that was caused by… reading too much. See, I stopped getting value out of books. I only wanted results but stopped enjoying the process of reading altogether. Deep reading, however, brought…