Dilbert creator Scott Adams: Read this if you want to be happy in 2014

Read this if you want to be happy in 2014

By Scott Adams, Published: January 3 | Updated: Saturday, January 4, 2:39 AM

I have no expertise whatsoever on the topic of happiness. But I do have a knack for observation and simplification. That’s what I do for my day job as the creator of Dilbert. Today — as some of you are already backtracking on those New Year’s resolutions — I’m going to strip out all of the mumbo-jumbo around the topic of happiness and tell you the simplest way to get some. You’re reading this in the business section because every bit of what follows on the topic of happiness is relevant to your career, especially if you have entrepreneurial ambitions. You’ll need all the good health, good looks and mental energy you can muster to influence people and survive the long hours. As luck would have it, the good habits that make you healthy and energetic help to make you happy at the same time, so it’s a double win.

As far as I can tell, people usually experience the sensation of happiness whenever they have both health and freedom. It’s a simple formula:

Happiness = Health + Freedom Read more of this post

The Path to Altruism: The desire to help others without consideration for ourselves is not just a noble ideal. Selflessness raises the quality and elevates the meaning of our lives, and that of our descendants; in fact, our very survival may even d


Matthieu Ricard, a French Buddhist monk who resides at Shechen Monastery in Nepal, holds a doctorate in molecular genetics and runs 130 humanitarian projects through his organization Karuna-Shechen.

JAN 3, 2014

The Path to Altruism

SHECHEN, NEPAL – “Cooperation,” the Harvard University biologist Martin Nowak has written, is “the architect of creativity throughout evolution, from cells to multicellular creatures to anthills to villages to cities.” As mankind now tries to solve new, global challenges, we must also find new ways to cooperate. The basis for this cooperation must be altruism. Read more of this post

An Investor’s Recipe for Success in Japan: Investing in “owner-operator” stocks can pay off nicely


An Investor’s Recipe for Success in Japan


Investing in “owner-operator” stocks can pay off nicely.

Google “Japanese housewife” and you get a page of X-rated links. That flagrant disrespect contrasts with the attitude toward women evident at Cookpad, Japan’s largest recipe-sharing outfit. Cookpad came public in 2009, 12 years after it was founded by Akimitsu Sano. Members submit recipes and vote on which are the best. It has become a huge hit; more than 80% of Japanese women in their 20s and 30s visit the site. “You get positive reinforcement. If you’re a housewife in Japan, you don’t get a lot of feedback,” says Ayako Weissman, who manages Asia funds for Horizon Kinetics in New York and owns Cookpad shares (ticker: 2193.Japan). In the year ended in March, the company’s earnings jumped 45% and its sales, 27%, driven by subscriptions and ads. No wonder the stock climbed about 145% in 2013. Read more of this post

Why Following the Winners Is for Losers; Last year’s top performers will likely lag behind the market in 2014.

Why Following the Winners Is for Losers

Last year’s top performers will likely lag behind the market in 2014.


Updated Jan. 3, 2014 4:26 p.m. ET


“Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”

This phrase, ubiquitous in the small print of financial products, often falls on deaf ears, according to Adam Reed, a finance professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Investors have a tendency to rush into those funds that are at the top of the previous year’s performance rankings,” he says, citing numerous studies. Read more of this post

You Can’t Take It With You, but You Still Want More: A new study illustrates humans’ deeply rooted desire to earn more than they possibly can consume

January 4, 2014

You Can’t Take It With You, but You Still Want More


All work and no play may just be a result of “mindless accumulation.”

So say scholars behind research, published in the journal Psychological Science in June, that shows a deeply rooted instinct to earn more than can possibly be consumed, even when this imbalance makes us unhappy. Read more of this post

Two Sides of the Coins; How has biotech finally boomed.

How biotech finally boomed

January 4, 2014

Test results: Sirtex, which is carrying out trials of a cancer treatment, has been a strong sharemarket performer and the focus of much investor interest.

Investing in biotech stocks is not for the faint-hearted – so much so that a lack of analyst depth and knowledge of the sector means that many professional fund managers try to avoid the sector altogether. But the collapse of the gold price and the ongoing implosion of the mining sector during the past year have prompted a steady flow of funds into the sector for the first time. Read more of this post

Even as a child, Jeff Bezos was a data-obsessed, workaholic genius

Even as a child, Jeff Bezos was a data-obsessed, workaholic genius

By Jonathan Wai January 3, 2014

Jonathan Wai is a researcher at the Duke University Talent Identification Program and Case Western Reserve University and writes “Finding the Next Einstein: Why Smart is Relative” for Psychology Today. Read more of this post

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