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How to Stop Your Habit Changes From Getting Derailed

By Leo Babauta Manytimes when we try to make a good change in our lives, it gets derailed early on by something out of our control. Let’s say you start a diet, and your daughter makes some great vegan cupcakes and you want to support her efforts, and so you eat some … and this […]

Why We Have Regret

By Leo Babauta We’ve all heard the phrase, “No regrets!”, usually uttered when about to do something a little unwise perhaps. And yet, as alluring as the “Living Without Regrets” philosophy sounds, it’s not always so easy. We regret missed opportunities. We regret things that made us feel dumb. We regret not telling someone we […]

The Essence of Fatherhood: 5 Simple Lessons

By Leo Babauta I’ve been a father for more than 21 years, and have 6 kids altogether, and have loved every messy minute of it. And now I have a young brother who’s becoming a father this month, and is deeply scared by the prospect of fatherhood. He’s not sure if he’ll do a good […]

A Call for Revolt: Advertising is the Anti-Minimalism

By Leo Babauta The biggest obstacle to a wonderfully minimalist life is advertising. Let’s think about that statement for a minute: what is a minimalist life, and what stands in our way from reaching it? How is advertising involved? A minimalist life can be many things, but at its heart is becoming conscious about what […]

The Frustratingly Slow Pace of Making Changes

‘The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.’ ~Moliere By Leo Babauta There’s something in all of us that seems to want the changes we’re trying to make in our lives come as soon as possible. If we’re trying to lose weight, we want those abs to show up within a week […]

My Struggles with Eating Boring Food

By Leo Babauta My month without food reward, which was the May challenge in my Year of Living Without, was a rousing success. That is, a success if the idea was for me to learn from my failures. Which it was. I didn’t expect to hold myself to perfection, but to see what happens when […]

The No Procrastination Challenge

By Leo Babauta In the final month of my Year of Living Without, I’ve decided to live without procrastination. Procrastination is a friend (or a beast, depending on how you feel about it) that we all live with. It lurks behind us constantly, insinuating itself into the crevices of our mind, intimating its will through […]

Creating a Lovely Morning

‘When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.’ ~Marcus Aurelius By Leo Babauta When I wake in the morning, my mind slowly gathers, and I begin to move, the early morning light just starting to seep in. […]

A Father’s Manifesto: Raising Young Men Who Respect Women

By Leo Babauta The shootings near Santa Barbara on Friday night hit too close to my heart: my daughter attends college at UC Santa Barbara and lives in Isla Vista, minutes from where this tragedy happened. She’s safe, but shaken not only by the nearness and severity of this hate crime … but by the […]

Turn Inspiration Into Action

By Leo Babauta How many times have you read a great article, or had an idea, or wanted to make a change … but then 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 gears. […]

Coming Back From a Setback

By Leo Babauta I set myself a challenge recently, and I’ve been failing at it. I decided to only eat bland food, with no variety. The month is only 2/3 over, but I’ve struggled much more than I’d anticipated. It’s such a minor setback, but it’s made me feel a little depressed sometimes, and I’ve […]

The Gift

By Leo Babauta Three people are given a magical gift by a luminous, kindhearted fairy. The gift is that for just one hour, they get to experience magic and wonders. This limited time is filled with visual delights, food of the utmost deliciousness, amazing people with incredible talents, and love. The first person is a […]

A Guide for Young People: What to Do With Your Life

By Leo Babauta I had a 15-year-old write to me and ask about figuring out what do do with her life. She writes: ‘As a high-school student I’m constantly being reminded to figure out what to do with my life, what career I would like to have and so on. I definitely feel huge amounts […]

No Excuses: Minimalism with Kids

By Leo Babauta When my friends Joshua and Ryan took their new book on minimalism on a huge tour, one of the most frequent things they heard was, “I could never be a minimalist because I have kids.” To which they’d respond, “Our friend Leo is a minimalist … and he has six kids.” And […]

How to Make a Marriage Work

By Leo Babauta I’ve been happily married 11 years, and I’m still as in love with my beautiful wife Eva now as when I first fell for her 13 years ago. That’s not to say we don’t have our problems and arguments, but we’re getting better and better at making it work. I realize there […]

Love Notes

By Leo Babauta I’m a bit of a neat freak — I like things decluttered and clean. And so when people in my house leave things around (which happens when you have lots of kids, naturally), I catch myself getting a little frustrated. “Why can’t they clean up after themselves?” I’ll catch myself thinking. I […]

Flavorless: My Month of Food Boringness

By Leo Babauta For the month of May, I’ve decided to take my Year of Living Without challenge to a new level: I’m going to go without food reward. Basically, I’ll be eating the same very bland foods over and over again, with no variety. That means I’ll eat the same three unseasoned foods every […]

The Letting Go Ebook, Free

By Leo Babauta Today marks 41 years of wonderful life that I’ve lived, and as a birthday present to all of you, I’m publishing a free ebook: The One Skill: How Mastering the Art of Letting Go Will Change Your Life. Last year I started a tradition of giving people gifts on my birthday, to […]

The Miracle of the Self-Compassion Habit

By [Leo Babauta]( Let’s hypothesize that there’s a substance that’s been irritating you and causing problems in all areas of your life: it causes you to be unhappy, to be stressed, to procrastinate, to be distracted, to be angry with people, to be dissatisfied with your life, to be overweight and unhealthy, to not exercise […]

How I Tackle a Big Writing Project

By Leo Babauta Writing something big is one of the things people tend to procrastinate on the most. It doesn’t matter what the writing project might be: writing a novel, a non-fiction book, a long article, a thesis paper, a bunch of pages for a website. Whatever it is, the writer will find a way […]

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