☝️ Upwarding #57: Curious Watch Faces, Buying Happiness, War’s Big Mistake

Welcome to this week's Upwarding newsletter. My blog, with more in-depth content, can be found here.


The two reasons watches are set to 10:10 (or 1:50) in photographs?

1)    It shows the brand name, usually positioned in the top center.

2)    It subtly makes us happier because it looks like a smile (vs. for example 8:30am).


My friend Reverend Zoe Inman (“RevZo”) says all prayers end up as some form of these two: THANK YOU, and SHOW ME.


I’ve never heard more passionate users of a health product than Tonal.  Send me an email if you’ve experienced it.


Money can buy happiness if spent correctly.  Specifically you are best off:

1)    Buying experiences instead of things

2)    Buying gifts for others

3)    Paying for things now that you consume later (prepaid vacations, for example)

4)    Occasionally treating yourself (my personal favorite – getting cappuccinos delivered two times per week)

5)    Buying time (paying someone to do things you don’t like doing)

The biggest trap I have found is related to #4: when you make the special ordinary.  Use the super soft sheets every OTHER bed change.  Don’t always stay in the five star hotel.  Don’t overly upgrade your “house wine”.  For more on this, check out hedonic adaptation.


"War, at first, is the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off." - Karl Kraus, writer (28 Apr 1874-1936)

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