Eric Barker is the man behind the viral blog “Barking up the Wrong Tree.” He offers science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life there. Eric’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, and Time Magazine. He also recently published a book with the same title as his blog. Check it out Here!
What are 3 things or experiences that bring you the greatest sense of fulfillment in life?
- Finishing a piece of writing.
- When people email me and say my book or blog has helped them.
- Doing things for friends.
What are the small things you do every day to be happy/fulfilled?
- Seeing friends
- Taking a moment to be grateful
People often find they don’t have enough time. How do you make time for those?
That’s easy: I don’t do many things.
What health habits do you stick to no matter what?
I go to the gym daily. My diet is comically strict with little variety.
What’s your best relationship tip?
Really get to know those you are close to and their likes, dislikes, and preferences. This allows you to get them gifts or do them favors that aren’t generic. Quietly showing someone you understand them is so much better than saying it.
You seem to balance both happiness and success. What’s your secret to being happy and productive?
Doing work you enjoy and find fulfilling goes a long way.
What – in your opinion – is the best way to spread happiness and fulfillment to others?
For me, personally, it’s providing legitimate information people can use to live better lives and (hopefully) entertaining them in the process.
What is a quote you live by?
“I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, not to hate them, but to understand them.”
– Baruch Spinoza
Be sure to check out Eric’s newest bestseller, Barking Up The Wrong Tree!