Hi, I'm Richard

I'm a creative front-end developer from the Netherlands, and this is my blog. I write about code, cycling, and everyday life.


The three secrets to happiness

We all know that money can’t buy happiness, but many times we act as if we’d be happier with a bit more money. We are conditioned to want to be rich (when we know the rich aren’t happy either); we are trained to want the latest gadget

How to get healthy and fit (part 1)

This whole heart failure ordeal made me reevaluate the way I was living. I thought I had a healthy lifestyle (except the smoking), but as it turns out, there was room for improvement. The first thing I changed was giving up cigarettes. Best decision ever. There are zero (0) benefits

Think about your life goals

There’s never a good time to sit down and think about what you want to accomplish. We have busy lives, and even when we’re not working, we might feel more like vegging in front of the TV or checking our feeds than thinking about the rest of our

Turn inspiration into action

How many times have you read a great article, had an idea, or wanted to make a change but didn’t? It’s one of the biggest frustrations for people who read this site: people blame themselves for not implementing a plan to change habits. It takes a switch in

The two most powerful ways to create a healthy eating pattern

While most people want to find a way to eat healthier, they are up against forces more robust than they understand. Sure, we’d like to eat healthier — but then why do we keep failing? Why are most of us getting heavier over time, despite our best efforts? To figure

The pause upon which all else relies

There is one little habit I’ve learned that has changed everything else in my life. The pause. When we fail, it’s because we act on urges without thinking, without realizing it. We have the urge to eat junk, and we do it. We have the urge to check

Constant task switching

I know I’m losing focus when I’m always jumping around from task to task. This is a “red flag” for me — a sign that I’m doing something wrong. You’ve done it too: switching from one browser tab to another, opening various emails and other messages, checking

How to start meditating

Meditation has hit the mainstream! We’re hearing it talked about more and more, scientific studies are being conducted on its’ benefits, and grade schools are even starting to teach it to students. And it all makes perfect sense. We know that exercise is vital for our physical health, and
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