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Ask Ariely: On Cutting Cola, Loving Labor, and Engaging Investments

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ___________________________________________________ Dear Dan, I’ve been drinking soda for the past 15 years, and I’m trying to stop. I’ve tried phasing it out…

Why designing for habits may be harmful and the underused alternative to try

By Ingrid M. Paulin and Kristen Berman If you’re at a tech company building a consumer product, you are likely measuring user engagement. Product managers, marketers and designers are known to stare at dashboards tracking logins and agonize over daily active metrics above all other metrics. Companies use these engagement metrics as a proxy for understanding…

The 3B’s: The Irrational Labs approach to behavior change

It’s a daunting task to list all of the behavioral economic principles for behavior change. From loss aversion to social proof, the list can seem endless. To help structure the principles, we created the 3B’s Framework to help design for behavior change that improves lives. Over the years we have iterated on it to capture the complexity of behavior change while…

Ask Ariely: On a Magnificent Milestone, Processing Pain, and Relentless Reflection

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ___________________________________________________ Dear Dan, I know that you’re turning 50 this year. How are you handling the big milestone? —Abigail  As you can…

Ask Ariely: On a Magnificent Milestone, Processing Pain, and Relentless Reflection

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ___________________________________________________ Dear Dan, I know that you’re turning 50 this year. How are you handling the big milestone? —Abigail  As you can…

Hiking the Israel National Trail

I’m just starting the second week of my month-long hike, and have been tracking some things along the way: Light Happiness Deep Happiness Love Optimism Regret Empathy Loving Nature Work Separation Anxiety Communication Anxiety So far, I appear to be pretty stable on most dimensions (light happiness has taken a few dips but deep happiness…

Ask Ariely: On Momentary Meaning, Hurried Health, and Poetic Practice

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ___________________________________________________ Dear Dan, Why is it that the things that make me happy—such as watching basketball or going drinking—don’t give me a…

Ooops, emails sent by mistake

Earlier today, a number of my blog subscribers received several automated messages for “new” blog posts, which were actually previously-published posts from the Center of Advanced Hindsight (my research lab). This was an accident that came about as I was trying to integrate the two sites. (I certainly did not intend to spam you!) My team and I temporarily shut down…

Common Cents Report: Behavioral Interventions Helping Americans Save More

New report one of the most significant applications of behavioral economics in field of LMI financial decision-making San Francisco and Durham, NC – Feb. 8, 2017 – Common Cents, a financial research lab at Duke University and supported by MetLife Foundation, today unveiled its 2016 Annual Report. Report.commoncentslab.org The report details findings from seven completed…

Vlad Chituc: “Rad”

Beginning this month and continuing each month after, we will be showcasing a member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. For February, the lab member with this dubious honor is Vlad Chituc. How long have you worked at CAH? Nearly four years. What brought you to CAH? Good luck, Dan’s generosity, and the opportunity to…

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