Habits are the building blocks of life. They are the experiences that create memories that lead to doing and thinking certain things over and over again. Habits form the basis of who you are over time, how you feel day to day, and ultimately what sort of life you will lead.
The question is – how on earth can you make the best of that? 🕵️♂️
The goal of the SuperHabits Project is XXX
Thankfully there's been an incredible amount of new research into habit formation, happiness, and all manner of tangentially related disciplines – neuroscience, mindfulness, information theory, systems theory. One of my goals with SuperHabits is to regularly explore the latest in this research and distill the best aspects into practical advice and actionable frameworks.
Another huge trove of information comes from the many brilliant people who have contemplated this topic throughout history. Volumes have been written, religions have formed around varying philosophies, and (in true human fashion) wars have even been fought to determine who is right and wrong.
But what I find truly fascinating is that so much of the science, philosophy, and even religion say almost the exact same things in different ways. IT's almost as if individual human behavior is consistent no matter what language you use to describe it or which framework you prefer to use for analysis. If you zoom out to the largest picture, it's all part of the same elephant.
You'll notice that I didn't call this blog "super theory" or "super science" or "super philosophy" (as cool as those sound) and that's because my goal isn't just to understand these topics on an intellectual basis. My goal is to find ways to put the best philosophy and science into practice on a regular, habitual basis.
If I write about something on here you can be sure I've either made it a habit, am trying to make it a habit, or failed to make it a habit and decided it wasn't for me.
My goal with SuperHabits is both simple and monumental — I want to take the latest in neuroscience, psychology, and systems theory; find overlap with first-person experiences and historical philosophies (both eastern and western); and then organize all of that into a practical and elegant framework that I can into practice in my own life and use to help others.
I want to understand, and organize the best habits in history. My goal is not just to learn what is 'ideal', since that's often obvious (e.g. eat healthy!), but to find better ways to regularly and repeatably build habits that put theory into practice and create real changes.
Over the past decade I've read thousands of pages on philosophy, neuroscience, physics, and, well, software engineering (everyone has a day job). Out of all of this one thing as struck me with an incredible amount of power: we know all of this already.
Who's behind the SuperHabits Project and why should you believe any of it?
👋 Hi! My name is Mason, I'm the one behind the project and (so far) all of the research and writing here. I'm not anybody special, nor do I have any relevant qualifications. You should only listen to anything I write here if it makes sense to you, if you agree with my reasoning, or if you find the research I’m presenting to be compelling. One of my principles is to confirm that my beliefs are subjectively verifiable – basically, you should be able to try out my advice and see for yourself if it works.
I'm working on this project publicly two reasons: first, it's a way to collaborate with others who are interested in the subject and help push our collective understanding forward, and second because I've benefited tremendously from some of this information and I'm hoping that some others might do the same. If I can help one other person to be a bit happier, a bit more productive, or a bit healthier than I think it's worth the effort.
Life is what you think, feel, and do regularly.
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