Eric J Kaplan

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Flowstate is a writing app that will delete everything if you stop typing

Terrifying, risky, and strangely effective<p>Flowstate is billed as the "most dangerous app." It’s hyperbole, of course, but there’s a grain of truth to it. The software is a writing and note-taking tool, and it’s a super clean, minimal, and beautiful way to jot down your thoughts, especially on …

2015 Gift Guide for Whiskey Geeks

Behold the best brown liquors currently known to man. You’ll find gifts for your dad, your buddies, and what the hell, for yourself, too

Charles Dickens was an inveterate punch-maker; here's how to make his holiday drink of choice

It doesn't matter how stubbornly balmy the weather stays in Florida, holidays are holidays, dammit, and December calls for Dickens.<p>There are so many …

Secrets of kindness from Matthieu Ricard, the 'world's happiest man'

If being kinder is a goal for you, Matthieu Ricard has some good news. Kindness leads directly to happiness, says the 69-year-old Buddhist monk.<p>Ricard, often called the “happiest man in the world," has undergone hours of MRI scans during which scientists found unusually high levels of upbeat …

Here's how Uber got its start and grew to become the most valuable startup in the world

But the road hasn't been easy.<p>Uber has fought rivals and regulators as it has transformed from a black-car service into a sprawling logistics company gunning for a future of self-driving cars. It has confronted threats from the taxi industry and even its own drivers.<p>But its valuation has continued …

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How to Be Happier Without Really Trying

You are already a happiness expert. Seriously. You’re just a bit inconsistent.<p>You already do a lot of things that researchers recommend for increased …

How to Go to Bed Tonight Happier (and Feeling Richer)

Techniques that made Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, and Charles Schwab feel better are guaranteed to work for you too.<p>Seeing Steve Jobs's life slip away was breathtaking, but the lessons offered can be life changing. It struck me as strange that I’d never seen him happier more often than in his last …