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How to Deal with Your Family’s Bad Habits

By Leo Babauta Have you created healthy habits for you, but haven’t gotten your kids or spouse on board? You’re not alone — lots of people get frustrated when their loved ones don’t want to create healthy habits. I’ve had a bunch of people write to me about this, including one person who wrote about […]

The Simple Health Plan

By Leo Babauta There are a lot of complicated diet and exercise plans out there, a lot of workouts that are the latest craze, a lot of fad diets and detox juicing and more. If it’s the newest craze, I recommend skipping it. Instead, let’s get down to the simple fundamentals: it’s not that complicated […]

How My Mom Makes Everyone Around Her Better

By Leo Babauta My mom just left our house after visiting for a week, and once again, our lives were changed. She visits us about twice a year, and every time she does, she leaves us with a new hobby, a new passion, a better version of ourselves. My mom (Shannon Murphy) makes everyone around […]

Too Much to Do, Not Enough Time

By Leo Babauta One of the biggest frustrations many of us feel is having too much to do, and not feeling like we have enough time to do it. We are overwhelmed. Of course, having “not enough time” is just a feeling — we all have the same amount of time, but we often fill […]

Level Up to Lose Weight

By Leo Babauta I know a lot of people who want to lose weight but are stuck, like I was in 2005. They want to get healthy and fit, but can’t seem to stick to a diet or exercise plan. They start, and then fail, and then feel bad about it. This was where I […]

3 Small Discipline Habits You Can Train

By Leo Babauta While I’m not a fan of trying to be disciplined every moment of the day, there’s no doubt most of us could use a little more discipline in our lives. We procrastinate, we waste time with online distractions, we go an entire day without getting done what we really wanted to get […]

Advice for People in Their Early 20s

By Leo Babauta A young woman wrote to me recently about fears about the future: ‘I’m in my 20s and I’m trying to figure my future out. I’m just wondering how to stop worrying and letting the fear of the unknown totally consume my daily thoughts (I’m moving from Sweden to American and have no […]

A Brief Guide to Quitting a Bad Habit

By Leo Babauta There aren’t many of us who don’t have some bad habit we’d like to quit: smoking, sweets, shopping, nail-biting, porn, excessive checking of phones or social media, other distractions … The problem is that we think we don’t have the willpower, faced with past evidence of failure after failure when we’ve tried […]

Worried About What You’re Not Doing

By Leo Babauta In any given moment, many of us are thinking about what we’re not doing. We feel guilty that we’re not doing more. Worried that we’re not as productive as we could be. Guilty that we procrastinate. We feel guilty that we don’t exercise more, eat right, have better bodies. We worry that […]

The Gods of This Day

By Leo Babauta This morning my son Seth woke up, gave me my morning hug, and then I told him that he and I are gods. We’re the Gods of This Day, and we have the power to make today one of the most amazing days ever. We don’t have unlimited power, but we have […]

The Joyful Results of My Grand Travel Experiment

By Leo Babauta I’m just finishing up four weeks in Europe with Eva and the kids, and wrapping up my Grand Travel Experiment. I have to say it was (mostly) a success. I wasn’t perfect, but even in the failures, I learned a lot. I’ve written recently about my work and workout routines while I […]

I Suck at Habits: How Do I Get Better?

By Leo Babauta I’ve had numerous readers tell me that they Suck at Habits. And I totally get that, because in 2005, that’s exactly where I was. I sucked at habits. The good news is that I found a smarter way. I learned to understand that habits are a set of patterns that I just […]

The 7 Things I Do to Stay Fit While Traveling

By Leo Babauta One of the big successes so far in my Grand Travel Experiment has been my fitness while on our long European trip. As my family of eight enters its last week of this four-week trip, I have to say that I’m probably just as fit as when I left, and in some […]

6 Things to Know About How to Get Out of Funk Town

By Leo Babauta Sometimes you just aren’t motivated, maybe you’re feeling depressed (as opposed to full-blown clinical depression), maybe you just don’t have the energy to focus on work. We’ve all been there from time to time, and the good news is, we’ve all climbed out of this funk to some degree. I’ve found there […]

Staying Motivated to Work on the Road

By Leo Babauta I’m about two weeks into my Grand Travel Experiment, and I’m happy to report mostly successes! The biggest successes have been with working every day, and my daily workouts. I’ve also been meditating every day, though not as long as at home. I’ve (mostly) controlled overeating by trying to stop before I […]

Neither Averting Nor Craving in Each Moment

By Leo Babauta I’ve been trying to more deeply study the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths lately, and because of that I constantly notice my cravings and aversions. Who cares, you might ask? Well, it turns out that as a result of these cravings and aversions, there are lots of little annoyances, anger, frustrations, stresses, worries, […]

How Taking Care of My Finances Changed My Life

By Leo Babauta Looking back on my life a decade ago, I just wasn’t taking care of myself. I was overweight, deeply in debt, a smoker, junk-food addict, stressed out, clutter piling up all around me, I didn’t floss … my life was a mess. And the solutions were so simple: little acts of self-care […]

Tips for Traveling with Kids

By Leo Babauta As I write this, I’m in London with Eva and all 6 kids on our European adventure! I’m in the middle of my Grand Travel Experiment, and we’re all excited as hell. A number of people asked me to share how we went about planning this and if I have any tips […]

My Grand Travel Experiment

By Leo Babauta I’m launching a 4-week travel experiment! I love traveling and exploring the world, but I have a number of problems when I travel: Eating: I overindulge in delicious vegan food and feel unhealthy after awhile. Exercise: I find it hard to keep a regular exercise routine — I walk a lot, but want […]

The Parent I Aspire to Be

By Leo Babauta It’s nearly Father’s Day, and that always causes me to reflect on what kind of father I am. I think I’m pretty decent, though I’m not where I’d like to be. The good things I do: I try to inspire my kids, I do projects with them like programming and chess and […]

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