You are here

Dr. Ben Kim's blog

Looking Beyond The Headlines

Late last week, I shared some thoughts via social media on the idea that money doesn't tend to change who we are; rather, money amplifies who we already are.

I've had conversations on this idea with family and close friends over the years and have found dialogue on this topic worthwhile.

I did not expect a number of comments expressing disdain for Jeff Bezos who I mentioned in my post as a well known example of a largely self-made billionaire.

I'm grateful that some understood that my main points were: Read more


Korean Sweet Potatoes

Living Off The Grid in Portugal

An inspiring look at one couple's quest to live self-sufficiently in a mountainous village in Portugal. Read more


How to Make Mool Kim Chi

Love Liberates

I am deeply grateful to have Maya Angelou to turn to whenever I need an injection of all that is good in life. Morning and night, even if I don't have much else to meditate on, I remember this from Maya:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Thank you for all that you gave us, Maya. Thank you. Read more


Lessons From The Longest Study on Happiness, by Robert Waldinger


What keeps us healthy and happy as we go through life? If you were going to invest now in your future best self, where would you put your time and your energy? There was a recent survey of millennials asking them what their most important life goals were, and over 80 percent said that a major life goal for them was to get rich. And another 50 percent of those same young adults said that another major life goal was to become famous. Read more



Is the proof-of-work network that builds and maintains the Bitcoin network a waste of energy? Saifedean Ammous explains why the answer is an emphatic no. The network actually incentivizes the discovery and harvesting of stranded energy that isn't currently being used by the grid, and every bit of energy that the network uses adds enormous value to the world through a truly sound and fair monetary system for all. Read more


How to Make Cucumber Kim Chi


Updated on May 21, 2019: Please note: Cucumber kim chi is best refrigerated and enjoyed right after making it. You can allow it to ferment before refrigerating as you would with cabbage kim chi, but because cucumbers tend to go soft a lot quicker than cabbage, it's best to think of this dish as a crisp, refreshing salad/side dish. Enjoy! Read more


How to Reduce Arsenic Exposure


It's widely known that rice tends to come with higher levels of arsenic than most other grains. So for those who eat rice on a regular basis, it's important to thoroughly wash rice before cooking, as washing helps reduce arsenic content. Read more


Saifedean Ammous on The Fiat Standard

For those who have interest in understanding foundational principles of Austrian economics and how we can optimally care for our financial health, I highly recommend Saifedean's most recent book:

The Fiat Standard Read more