There are Free Lunches Statement of Intentions

There are Free Lunches: Behavioral Clues to Live Happy in the Economic World is a blog that intends to present updated and relevant information about the "hidden" and only recently uncovered dimensions of the economic science: the behavioral factors. With this blog we intend to promote in Europe and in the rest of the World, the top research articles and perspectives on behavioral economics, decision making, consumer behavior, and general behavioral science. We aim to be followed by journalists, academics, managers, civil servants, and everyone who wishes to improve their daily interaction with the economic world and consequently, their lives' happiness.

Monday, 20 February 2012

TFL O2 #3 On the moral roots of liberals and conservatives (via TED)

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.

Jonathan Haidt studies how -- and why -- we evolved to be moral. By understanding more about our moral roots, his hope is that we can learn to be civil and open-minded toward those whose morals don't match ours, but who are equally good and moral people on their own terms.

Clear insights on the moral roots of ideology: MoralLiberalsConservatives

TFL O2 #2 How an economist says "I love you" (via The Economist)

MICROECONOMICS is full of tools that help explain human behaviour through competition, incentives and signals. But the discipline can seem far removed from real-world situations given the nature of the terms used. On this Valentine's day, Elisabeth Fosslien, an analyst and visual designer has created this brilliant visualisation of love through the eyes of the dismal science. Click here for 13 more.

to fid this funny article, you can go here: EconomistILoveYou

TFL O2 #1 The Art of Living (via Simoleon Sense)

What is a liberal education? And how can it help you live a more authentic and purposeful life? They are timely and timeless questions that get answered by The Art of Living, a team-taught course presented to Stanford freshmen. The first lecture (above) addresses these questions head on. And the remainder of the course (17 videos) puts the initial thinking into practice, using great works of literature and philosophy to explore what it means to live a well-lived life. Socrates, Plato, Shakespeare, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Toni Morrison all guide the way. Taught by Lanier Anderson, Kenneth Taylor and Joshua Landy, the Stanford course puts you in a position to address “fundamental and enduring questions about what it means to be human.” Whether you work in business, science or the arts, you will get something big out of the class.

If you want, you can check it all here: TheArtLiving

Thursday, 16 February 2012

O2 & CO2

Dear followers,

After 12 months of life, and thanks to his followers feedback, TFL is becoming more mature.

As a mature person, TFL is earning new habits, that hopefuly, will help him to progress in the current demanding and competive blogosphere.

Thus, from now on we will have a more systematic posting divided by two different days of the week: Thursdays and Mondays.

As we all know, these two days have very different affective resonances in most people's brains. We normally feel substantially happier on Thursdays than we do on Mondays.

So, we will let this scientific fact to determine the content of our posts. In other words, we decided to offset our weekly mood.
On Mondays we will release Three Free Lunches of Oxigen: 3 thinks that are healthy, we love, and want to share with you.
On Thursdays, we will post Three Free Lunches of Carbon Dioxide: 3 contents that talk about things we hate, are toxic, and we want you to avoid.

Independentely of the day, we truly hope to make you feel weekly, that TFL is coutributing to broaden your view on the Free Lunches of Life.

All the best,

Monday, 6 February 2012

Communities Learn the Good Life Can Be a Killer (via Simolean Sense)

Developers in the last half-century called it progress when they built homes and shopping malls far from city centers throughout the country, sounding the death knell for many downtowns. But now an alarmed cadre of public health experts say these expanded metropolitan areas have had a far more serious impact on the people who live there by creating vehicle-dependent environments that foster obesity, poor health, social isolation, excessive stress and depression.

As a result, these experts say, our “built environment” — where we live, work, play and shop — has become a leading cause of disability and death in the 21st century. Physical activity has been disappearing from the lives of young and old, and many communities are virtual “food deserts,” serviced only by convenience stores that stock nutrient-poor prepared foods and drinks.

According to Dr. Richard J. Jackson, professor and chairman of environmental health sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, unless changes are made soon in the way many of our neighborhoods are constructed, people in the current generation (born since 1980) will be the first in America to live shorter lives than their parents do.

If you want to read the rest - GoodLifeKiller