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Relationship Salve: The Practice of Intentional Dialogues

By Leo Babauta A couple months ago, I started a daily practice with my wife Eva called the Intentional Dialogue process, aimed at helping us become better at talking about difficult issues. Now, Eva and I have a great marriage, and we love each other deeply. But like any couple, sometimes we feel frustrated or […]

The Downward & Upward Spiral of Health & Productivity

By Leo Babauta The bad news about health and productivity habits is that if you start to slip up, things can slowly spiral downward. If you are tired, you can’t focus on your important work, you don’t make time for exercise or cooking healthy food, so you grab some fast food, you veg out in […]

Set Powerful Deadlines

By Leo Babauta This week, I am cramming out work, because I’m leaving on a cruise that’s going to last almost a month. I am not usually this productive, but I’m really killing it because I want to get all my work done before I leave. On the cruise, I have two big projects I’ve […]

How to Handle the Difficult Times

By Leo Babauta Sometimes, life just wallops us against the head, deals us with such a blow that it takes our breath away. A loved one dies, you lose a job, someone you care about gets sick, your car gets totaled, or hopelessness hits you. What do we do when the world around us crumbles, […]

A Mini-Guide to Not Being Frustrated All the Time

By Leo Babauta Pretty much all of us experience frustration on a daily (or even hourly) basis. We get frustrated by other people, by ourselves, by technology, by work situations, by small crises that come up all the time. You know you’re frustrated when you find yourself sighing, or complaining about people, or fuming about […]

The Spring Healthy Eating Challenge

By Leo Babauta With New Year’s Resolutions a fading memory, it’s time to renew your focus on eating healthy again. With that in mind, I’m announcing a Spring Healthy Eating Challenge. It’s designed to help you change your eating for the better, making small changes, and doing it with friends and family. How does it […]

The Elements of a Healthy Diet, & How to Change

By Leo Babauta One of the best things I ever did to change my life (along with exercise, mindfulness, simplicity and focus) is to teach myself to eat a healthy diet. But one of the things that confused me early on was: what is a healthy diet? There are so many definitions of what’s healthy […]

Fear Is Why We Have Too Much Stuff

By Leo Babauta While we might want to get out from under the mountain of possessions we have, and have all the best intentions of simplifying our lives … the truth is that we continue to have too much stuff. Part of that is laziness, an attitude of “I’ll get to it later” … but […]

Join Me for a Retreat on Happiness, Mindfulness & Living a Full Life

By Leo Babauta This fall, I’ll be a part of a retreat in Ecuador (Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2016), and I’m really looking forward to it. I’d like to invite you to join me. I’ll be one of three presenters, along with my friend J.D. Roth (founder of Get Rich Slowly and one of my original […]

Shannon’s Method: Overcome Habit Procrastination

By Leo Babauta One of the biggest problems we face when we’re forming a new positive habit is procrastination. We’ve all done this: we’re trying to meditate or exercise or floss, but we’re tired or busy. So we put it off, and then the next day we do it again, and soon we’ve just dropped […]

My Most Important Productivity Method

By Leo Babauta You can read entire books on productivity, dozens of blog posts, and implement half a dozen different productivity systems. But at the end of the day, you’d have gotten nothing important done. The truth is, productivity is fairly simple, in theory. Even if you have an overwhelming amount to do, the steps […]

A Roadmap to Overcoming Insecurities

By Leo Babauta There isn’t a person amongst us who doesn’t have insecurities — some are just better at dealing with them, or perhaps hiding them. We worry what other people think about us, we worry if we’re good-looking enough, we worry that we’re not doing all that we should be, we worry that we’ll […]

Get to the Root of Work Stress

By Leo Babauta There isn’t a working person among us who doesn’t deal with stress — whether you’re an entrepreneur, a freelancer, working for a struggling startup, or clocking in working for a company, work stress is inevitable. But where does this stress originate, and how do we deal with it? Most guides to stress […]

The Zen Habits Guide to Letting Go of Attachments

By Leo Babauta I’ve been finding more and more that the Buddha had it right: pretty much all of our struggles, from frustrations to anxiety, from anger to sadness, from grief to worry, all stem from the same thing … The struggles come from being too tightly attached to something. When we’re worried, we are […]

Our Everloving Quest to Control Our Lives

By Leo Babauta Almost our entire lives are spent in a quest to gain control, security and comfort in our lives. Unfortunately, we never really get it, so we keep trying, relentlessly. This is the main activity of our lives. What would happen if we stopped? We could be less restricted by fear, less anxious, […]

Opt Out: A Simplicity Manifesto

By Leo Babauta Our lives become filled, even controlled, by the things we think we need to do. We think we can’t live without these things, but actually, we can. We can opt out. Think about how busy our lives have become. Think about how distracted we’ve become. Think about how many things needlessly pull […]

Why We Struggle with Change

By Leo Babauta We think we need to improve ourselves and our current situation, because we’re dissatisfied (at least a little bit) with how things are. We have a drive to improve, improve. So we strive for change — exercise more, eat better, read more, be more mindful, do more meaningful work, be more disciplined. […]

How to Become the World’s Greatest Lover

By Leo Babauta You reject the limitations of being a romantic Cassanova, restricted to loving only those who fall for your seductions. You want to love every one. Every single living being. Everything in this miraculous universe. You learn to love it all, in its majestic entirety. You don’t discriminate between the aesthetically beautiful or […]

Our Relationship with the Present Moment

By Leo Babauta Have you ever thought of the present moment as a loved one? I’ve been working with this thought lately, and I find it helpful when I’m feeling rushed, distracted, worried, upset, frustrated, anxious, sad, irritated. Let’s think for a moment about our relationship with this loved one we might call the Present […]

Let Everything Breathe

By Leo Babauta As you sit here reading these words, you are breathing … stop for a moment and notice this breath. You could control the breath, and make it behave as you like … or you can simply let yourself breathe. There is peace in just letting your body breathe, without having to do […]

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