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The Happy Philosopher
Early Retirement
Frugality, Minimalism
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SIK (Single Income, Kids)
Physician (Doctor)
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Recently a physician I know died suddenly, at home. He was young, certainly young enough for his death to be surprising. Shortly after this news filtered to me via the grapevine, a brief email from hospital administration arrived in my inbox. It was light on details, vaguely written, asked for thoughts and prayers. You know, … Continue reading » The post Death of a Colleague appeared first on The Happy Philosopher. ...
Posted: Oct 07 2017 @ 5:17 PM
You may have noticed I have not published much on the blog recently. Truth be told, I am in a bit of a funk right now. I don’t feel particularly creative, and although I have plenty of time to write, I find myself wasting time on other things. I have let many bad habits creep … Continue reading » The post Hitting the Reset Button appeared first on The Happy Philosopher. ...
Posted: Sep 21 2017 @ 12:44 PM
  Every now and then people email me and ask me for advice. Many of them are physicians who relate to my story and have thoughts of early retirement or some alternative plan other than “work until 65 and either die or golf every day”. I don’t really have time to give a complete and … Continue reading » The post Case Study: A Military Doctor Can Retire Early. Should He? ...
Posted: Sep 01 2017 @ 11:48 PM
Everything we do has a cost in terms of time, money or energy. This concept of opportunity cost is an important one. The more efficiently we use our resources, the more we have available for other things. In this way efficiency is an important tool we use to increase our freedom.   I loosely define … Continue reading » The post Stacking Functions appeared first on The Happy Philosopher. ...
Posted: Aug 20 2017 @ 10:54 AM
Fitter, Happier, More Productive Productivity is great, right? I mean who doesn’t want to be more productive. Productivity means you are doing things, often important things. And getting things done is what we do. Society needs people buzzing around doing stuff to keep the hive running smoothly. Idle hands are the Devils work after all. … Continue reading » The post The Cult of Productivity appeared first on The Happy Philosopher. ...
Posted: Aug 05 2017 @ 7:34 PM
Pain I just finished a stretch of three months of full-time work due to my partners’ maternity leave. It was a tough transition to be honest, but I adjusted to the busier life within a few weeks. The worst part about it though, was about half way through I tweaked my back which is still … Continue reading » The post Reflections on Pain: Part 2 appeared first on The Happy ...
Posted: Jul 29 2017 @ 4:08 PM
He Blinded Me With “Fience” Last spring I found myself at Camp Mustache, a multi-day retreat centered on the ideas of the financial independence blogger Mr. Money Mustache, who writes about financial freedom and other related topics.  I wrote about my experience there in this post.   While I was drinking my coffee early one … Continue reading » The post Hanging Out With The Mad Fientist appeared first on The ...
Posted: Jul 21 2017 @ 11:22 PM
  Hello philosophers. Welcome to the most sporadic and inconsistent weekly round-up on the internet. Happy Philosopher’s Weekend Reading is a collection of great material I’ve stumbled upon and feel compelled to share with you.   Derek Sivers is one of my favorite writers. He writes infrequently, but it is usually something different and thought … Continue reading » The post Happy Philosopher’s Weekend Reading: Volume 9 appeared first on The ...
Posted: Jul 14 2017 @ 10:01 AM
  Eating I’ve discussed eating before in a previous blog post. It was about changing my diet and experimenting with what made my body feel good. There are other important aspects of eating though. Food is not just physical nourishment, but psychologic nourishment as well. Eating a meal has a social, communal and deeply spiritual … Continue reading » The post The Power of Eating Together appeared first on The Happy ...
Posted: Jul 08 2017 @ 11:57 AM
  Adventures in full-time work   I’ve been doing a part-time job share for almost 4 years now and have quite a few observations about work. If you are new to the blog, I’m a physician; a radiologist to be exact. My backstory is here if you are so inclined and have had enough coffee. … Continue reading » The post Adventures in Full-Time Work appeared first on The Happy Philosopher. ...
Posted: Jun 24 2017 @ 4:43 PM


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