How to live a good life? This ancient question is what I aim to explore in this blog and in my life more generally. What is happiness? How to find meaningfulness in life? Where to find the courage to live ethically? How to live a life that is worth living? These are among the questions that I will ponder upon in this journey towards better understanding of the human condition. My hope is that this blog will serve the reader in her or his own path towards good living.


In the next few months, I search for the answers to these questions in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. I believe that the people there will have many insightful perspectives that will illuminate these matters for us who have been born into a different culture.

Competitiveness paradox in Finland – an opportunity for investors, companies and entrepreneurs

[This article is co-authored with Jukka Luoma. It was originally published in Helsinki Times on 25th of September 2014.] Recently, the World Economic Forum ranked Finland as the most competitive economy of Europe. In an opinion piece published in the Financial Times on June 23rd, the chief executive of Finnish chamber of commerce, Risto Penttilä, […]

08/10/2014 (0 comments) Keep Reading...

Revealed By Science: The 4 Elements Of Holy Grail That Jay-Z And Justin Timberlake Are Searching After

In radio right now: “And baby, it’s amazing I’m in this maze with you. I just can’t crack your code.” Don’t worry, Mr. Timberlake, I am here to crack the code for you. You just need to do what MC Hammer did: become a bit more geeky! You curse my name In spite to put […]

17/11/2013 (0 comments) Keep Reading...

Willpower: The Owner’s Manual

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22/10/2013 (0 comments) Keep Reading...

Philosophy simplified – Explaining what philosophy is the ‘up-goer five’ way

Ever tried to explain what you do for a living for a four-year-old? I can tell you that “Daddy is a philosopher” is not the most informative answer. Inspired by a xkcd comic, there has been a recent trend of trying to explain scientific disciplines and other complicated stuff like paleomagnetism by using only the […]

18/02/2013 (3 comments) Keep Reading...

The four ultimate elements of motivation: How to get the best out of you and others? (And how robots will save the world)

What motivates you? Ultimately. We are motivated by many issues: by fame, friendship, food, and football. But what is the structure of human motivation in general? What are the basic elements of the things that make us move? Understanding what pulls your strings makes you more capable of manipulating them yourself, being in charge of […]

02/07/2012 (0 comments) Keep Reading...

Are household duties ruining your relationship? The solution: Do more than your partner!

Two persons move together. Love is in the air. But in addition to all the romantic cuddling on the couch, this means that from now on, they are sharing the household duties. No problem, they are a modern couple and decide to share them equally. Both hate doing them, so this way of distributing them […]

29/04/2012 (3 comments) Keep Reading...

Being individualistic and altruistic at the same time. The story of Jack Casey the firefighter.

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16/03/2012 (1 comment) Keep Reading...

Meaning of life revealed: It’s about others

Ok, let’s have a take on this age-old mystery. The answer is in fact quite simple. The meaning of life is to make oneself meaningful to other people. It’s about making a positive contribution in the lives of those people one holds dear. Why? I’ll tell you why. To start with, we need to focus […]

09/03/2012 (5 comments) Keep Reading...

What brand of individualism are you wearing? The original noble individualism, the watered down consumer individualism or the new alternative: compassionate individualism?

Modern western societies have been characterized by individualism. It is said that no other time or place has seen such a strong form of cultural individualism than what we are experiencing right now. But what does this individualism mean? And have we actually forsaken the liberating promises that this individualism originally held for us? Modern […]

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Self-control through greater cause: Martin Luther’s solution for not eating the marshmallow

“Here stand I, I cannot otherwise!” Threatened with excommunication Martin Luther stood in front of the Emperor Charles V and the Holy Roman Empire and was asked to take back his interpretation of scriptures because they defied the power of the pope. Martin requested some time to think, prayed, consulted a few friends and gave […]

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