Why Objects Can Be More Meaningful Gifts Than Experiences

“Studies show that even arbitrary, nonessential objects can become powerful cues for memory. Which goes to show it’s not just priceless family jewels or heirlooms that make for memory cues; they can be anything imbued with meaning. Earlier this year, psychologists Todd Rogers and Katherine Milkman published a paper demonstrating this neatly.”

December 23, 2016
-Vox

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September Is Your Second-Chance January

People don’t just use these landmarks to organize the memories of their lives; we use them to organize memories of ourselves, too, something they call “temporal self-appraisal.” Maybe you did not make a ton of progress over the summer on the book you’re writing (or whatever), but that was summer you. This is September you!

September 1, 2016
-New York Magazine

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“Plan A” Works Better When There Is No “Plan B”

The best-laid plans are those that don’t include backup plans. In a series of studies, Jihae Shin and Katherine Milkman found that when people make a backup plan for their goals, their performance on the primary goal can suffer because they tend to put less effort into achieving the primary goal.

August 16, 2016
-The Wall Street Journal

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