Hello my dear happiness nerds, welcome back! In the first part I told you in quite some detail how playing the sci-fi video role playing game Cyberpunk 2077 made me (re-)realize to my core that real life is immensely beautiful and rich—even compared to the jaw-dropping world of the game. In this post I want […]Read More What Cyberpunk 2077 Has Taught Me About Happiness (Part 2)
Hello my dear happiness nerds, welcome back! I was just working on a research project on so-called “mental health problems” and I thought part of it could give you some great insights into happiness. But this time framed through the lens of how things can go wrong (in the sense that they cause suffering). It’s […]Read More Feeling Unhappy? This Is Why.
Hello my dear happiness nerds, welcome back! Following up on my two posts on what’s special about the present moment and how it can help lead a happier life (you find them here and here) I wanted to share a little insight from my favorite meditation app. It’s called Waking Up and its creator is […]Read More What People Get Wrong about Meditation
… is what I hope you won’t ever have to ask after this post. Let me start with a story: When I did the dishes earlier today, I shifted into being present without even noticing it at first. I felt the cool water running down my hands, watched it fill up the cup I was […]Read More What’s So Great about the Present Moment Anyway?!
… is what I often hear when I talk about the power of the present moment. Hello my dear happiness nerds, welcome back! So, what’s so special about the present moment and how’s it supposed to help lead a happier life anyway? I’ve heard many attempts at answering this question in a compelling way, but […]Read More And That’s Supposed to Help?!
Photo by Cris Trung on Unsplash Hello my dear happiness nerds, welcome back! Those who have known me for a long time likely will be surprised about what they are going to read in this post. They know me as a rational person, a scientist and philosopher, somebody who tends to think too much. Thomas, […]Read More The Currency of Life
Hello my dear happiness nerds, welcome (back)! It’s a grey autumn’s day here in Zurich. The blanket of clouds is so thick that it’s dark even at noon. And it’s raining non-stop. Everybody I know would call this weather ugly and depressing. I get it. The beautiful warmth of sunlight on our skins is intuitively […]Read More From Dark Clouds to the Beautiful Sound of Raindrops
Hello my dear happiness nerds, welcome (back)! Today is World Mental Health Day and for this day I prepared something special (the WHO has, too). Let’s see how you’ll like it, it’s a first on The Happiness Nerd, and I’m a bit nervous (spoiler alert: it’s personal). We’ll get to it in a second, but […]Read More Exactly Where You Need to Be