Lab Report: Quitting the News

“If you get your view of the world from the news, you’re always going to think that we’re living in violent times.”

– Steven Pinker

What’s the message of the mainstream media? Be afraid! Stay inside! Out there are Isis, the 1% staling your money and clowns! No wonder we feel anxious and afraid even though we live in the safest era in human history.


The Lab Report – 006 – “Quit the News”

I stopped following the news about 3 years ago. I don’t read any newspapers, I don’t listen to the radio and I don’t follow any blogs or news feeds.

How has this experiment pan out?


Short term effects: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– “Fear of Missing Out” might haunt you in the beginning – don’t worry, if it’s important (most news aren’t) you will hear about it.

– Fearmonger stories triggers stress and spikes your cortisol. Without these spikes you can enjoy a stronger immune system.


Long term effects: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Reduced fear and anxiety.

– Less drama, more focus.

– The media is experts at masking us feel concerned. Being concerned makes us feel like we are doing something while we’re not. Now you freed up time to do shit.


Sustainability: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– You might work at a job where you’re unable to control news exposure i.e a places where TVs and radios on all the time.

– Social media feeds can be challenging to manage. I solved it by not looking at social media feeds.

– Ones your out off it, and if you pay attention to the positive effects, then it’s very hard to relapse.


FINAL VERDICT: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Quitting the news is the closest thing I’ve found to a silver bullet for improved happiness and inner peace. 👌🏻 ☯️

Of course you should not take my word for it. Think for yourself. And also -what is the counter argument to what I just said? 🧐 🤔

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Lab Report: Growing a Beard

I really like to try new things. actually, I originally started this site to be mainly about different small experiments I conduct (Reading a more books where one of there experiments. I guess that one stuck with me 😂). Here we go:


The Lab Report – 001 – “Beards”


Growing a full beard is something every man should try at least ones in their life if they have the genes for it. Why? Because you fucking can!

I’ve had a few smaller beard variations throughout my life but I’m never gone all the way before. With all the way I mean not shaving for 6 – 12 months (In beard circles this is called a “yeard” or a “half yeard” respectively). So I had to try it out and here is my report:


Short term effects: ⭐️

Itchiness is one downside of growing a beard. But it will pass rather quickly. Worse is the “awkward beard”- stage from about week 8 to month 3. This is the period where your beard looks like a patchy mess and you look like you’ve given up on life. This is where most people give up.


Long term effects: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– People think you are wiser and more competent. (Probably because bearded men are portrayed in that way in popular culture).

– It’s harder to eat and drink.

– You can stroke your beard while thinking which unlocks extra cognitive abilities.

– Has some protective quality in blizzards.


Sustainability: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– It takes a fair share grooming to maintain a respectable-looking beard.

– Makes eating greasy food close impossible. (Good or bad depending on you dietary goals)


FINAL VERDICT: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Beards are great! Go get one!”

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Lab Report: Optimized Breakfast

About 18 percent of males and 13 percent of females in my age group are breakfast skippers (NPD 2011). I was one of those crazy people back in the day. The list of benefits for eating breakfasts are overwhelming (and too long to be listed here.) and you have not heard the end of the cliche that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” anytime soon.

So, what is an optimized breakfast? For me it’s something you can throw together in minutes, has great nutrients and something you can eat everyday. Efficient, healthy and simple in other words.

Through some experimentation if found a breakfast that ticks all these boxes for me. Here are the ingredients:

– whole grain oats

– A mix of seeds (pumpkin, chia, linseed, sunflower)

– Blueberries and/or raspberries

– A ripe banana for sweetness

– Milk


Short term effects: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Promotes stable blood sugar levels throughout the day.

– Less decisions to make.

– Filling enough to last you until lunch.

– Quick to prepare.


Long term effects: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!

– Saves time and energy!


Sustainability: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– I think I have eaten the same breakfast everyday for 3 years now. I still look forward this meal every morning!

– The whole idea of eating the same thing every day might be a turnoff for people that crave variety.


FINAL VERDICT: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– “So benefit, very breakfast, such nutrition!”

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Lab Report: The Sock Experiment.

The Lab Report – 003 – “Socks Sucks”:

The motto is that you are not allowed to complain about not having “enough time” until you have certain systems in place that removes unnecessary complexity. Ones those are in place, then at least you have tried your best – And automation and simplification of everyday task is a good place to start.

Socks are a hassle – or to be more precise: to pair them is mindnumpingly boring and like all couples they break-up up, are gone for a whole and come back form new formation.

The idea is simple: buy all your socks at the same time and stick to one model. Ones a few of them starts to get worn the rest will usually follow, then throw all of them away and fill up with new ones. Repeat.


Short term effects: ⭐️⭐️

– Your closet becomes more bland.

Long term effects: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– You avoid decision-making-fatigue by removing small everyday choices.

– Easy to do laundry. Pair however you want and you will still get a match.


Sustainability: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

– The drawback of having less variety can be remedied by having a small selection of colorful and cool on the side for special occasions.

– Shop big and seldom. Easy!


FINAL VERDICT: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

– It just works! Easy to execute and sustain, but the positive impact is hard to measure.


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