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How to increase your luck.

Good morning, money nerds. Let’s look at the stories we’ve gathered today.

Saving time. [The New York Times gift article] — “Any advice I’ve ever been given that’s actually resonated has boiled down to a variation on the same basic theme: Life is short. Stop wasting it. It comes packaged in varying poetic guises, each profound or corny, depending on how receptive or cynical one is feeling.”

Seven rules for happiness. [Scott H. Young] — “Happiness is a paradoxical goal. We all want to be happy, yet we often fail spectacularly at predicting what will make us happy. We pursue goals like wealth, fitness, status and mastery only to find that achieving them doesn’t really change our lives very much. In contrast, we often deliberately make ourselves miserable: we worry about things we cannot control, hold grudges against people we cannot influence, and spend time on activities we don’t truly value.”

How to increase your Luck Surface Area. [Codus Operandi] — “If there’s one thing I’ve discovered in recent years it’s this. The amount of serendipity that will occur in your life, your Luck Surface Area, is directly proportional to the degree to which you do something you’re passionate about combined with the total number of people to whom this is effectively communicated. It’s a simple concept, but an extremely powerful one because what it implies is that you can directly control the amount of luck you receive. In other words, you make your own luck.”

Here’s a two-hour live concert by Synthony, the EDM orchestra. That’s right: This is a mash-up between classical music and electronic dance music. It’s awesome! I found myself watching twenty minutes of it before I realized I had other stuff to do.

I’ll wager that many of you aren’t intrigued by that description. I encourage you to check this out anyhow. It’s fun.