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Archived Since:July 6, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Delusional Fantasies We Live With Each Day

‘Most human beings spend 50 to 90 percent or more of their time in their imagination, living in fantasy.’ ~Charlotte Joko Beck By Leo Babauta We fail at creating new habits because of fantasies. We procrastinate because of fantasies. We get frustrated with other people, with ourselves, because of fantasies. We miss out on the […]

Living the Simple Life

‘A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.’ ~Henry David Thoreau By Leo Babauta For almost 9 years now, I’ve been learning to live a simple life. A life uncluttered by most of the things people fill their lives with, and left with space for […]

How to Be Prepared for Anything

‘Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.’ ~Marcus Aurelius By Leo Babauta There are various ways to prepare yourself for what might come your way, whether that’s a tough work project, a crisis, the loss […]

Turn Toward the Problem

By Leo Babauta Much of our lives is spent trying to ignore problems, not wanting to deal with them, procrastinating. Bills are pushed to the side to deal with later. People we have troubles with are avoided. Work we don’t want to do is put off while we browse the Internet. The diet is put […]

The End of the Day Philosophy

‘If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.’ ~Bill Watterson By Leo Babauta I’ve been making my small decisions throughout the day, recently, with a simple question: How will I feel about this when today is over? If I have a choice right now between […]

The Painful Beauty of Impermanence

By Leo Babauta The cherry blossom falls after its short beautiful bloom. It floats gently down to earth. Its life is over, but the limitedness of its existence is one of the biggest reasons the blossom is so gorgeous. If we knew that the blossom would last forever, it wouldn’t have the same poignant beauty, […]

How to Change Other People

By Leo Babauta If only we could get others to be more considerate, less annoying, more diligent, see our point of view … How often have you wanted to change other people so they’d be better? Better spouses, kids, roommates, coworkers, employees? We want our kids to study harder and clean up after themselves, our […]

Pursuing Happiness When It’s Already Within You

By Leo Babauta One of the key learnings I’ve had since starting Zen Habits is that everything I need to be happy is already within me. I firmly believe that, but I’ve been asked a good question: if happiness comes from within, why should you pursue anything in life? Why should you pursue goals, achieve […]

The Quickstart Guide to a Decluttered Home

By Leo Babauta One of my favorite habits that I’ve created since I changed my life 9 years ago is having a decluttered home. I now realize that I always disliked the clutter, but I put off thinking about it because it was unpleasant. The thought of having to deal with all that clutter was […]

Parental Zen: How to Keep Your Cool as a Parent

By Leo Babauta What parent hasn’t lost their temper when a kid misbehaves? A parent who hasn’t lost his or her cool is a mythical creature, probably riding on a unicorn over a rainbow right now. I could count the times I’ve lost my cool as a dad on the fingers of one hand — […]

Looking for Love

By Leo Babauta A reader asked for advice for people who are looking for love, trying to meet people, dating. The “looking for love” part of life is definitely trying, and I have to admit I’m no dating expert. I got lucky with Eva, finding her relatively easily and somehow convincing her that I’m dateworthy. […]

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 […]

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