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Filed Under:Lifestyle / Happiness
Posts on Regator:1606
Posts / Week:5.3
Archived Since:November 13, 2008

Blog Post Archive

“Instead of Feeling That I’m Never Going to Finish…I Can See Large Chunks Getting Done.”

I’m writing my next book, Better Than Before, about how we make and break habits– an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story, contact me here. To hear … ?

Putting Off Some Horrible Task? Try These 7 Tips.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Seven tips for forcing yourself to tackle a dreaded task. It’s a Secret of Adulthood: Happiness doesn’t always make me feel happy. Often, I know I’d be happier if I do something I really don’t feel like doing. Making that phone call. Dealing with tech support. Writing … ?

Video: For Habits, the Strategy of the Clean Slate.

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple … ?

A New Experience: I Was in the Napa Valley Earthquake.

I had a profound experience yesterday. My husband and I, and much of my family, were in Napa Valley for my cousin’s wedding. At 3:20 a.m., I was lying in bed awake, because the time change meant that my body considered it past my usual wake-up time of 6:00. As I was lying there, I felt the earthquake hit. My … ?

Guess: Which Virtue Gives Other Virtues Their “Principal Lustre”?

“Self-command is not only itself a great virtue, but from it all the other virtues seem to derive their principal lustre.” –Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments Agree, disagree? I was trying to figure out what Smith means, exactly, and I think it’s this: when we consider the possessions of virtues, without self-command, they shrink. Show More Summary

Before & After: “The Thought of Smoking Made Me Sick.”

I’m writing my next book, Better Than Before, about how we make and break habits– an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I’ll post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story, contact me here. To hear … ?

Are You “Addicted” to Something?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Are you “addicted” to something? The definition of  “addiction,” and what people can become “addicted” to, are hotly contested issues. In everyday conversation, of...Show More Summary

Secret of Adulthood: Someplace, Keep an Empty Shelf.

Further Secrets of Adulthood: Someplace, keep an empty shelf. Now, what’s so great about an empty shelf? An empty shelf shows that I have room to expand — I’m not crowded in by my stuff, I have order and space. For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm, a subject that I explore at some length in Happier at … ?

“Life Is What Our Character Makes It. We Fashion It, as a Snail Does Its Shell.”

“Life is what our character makes it. We fashion it, as a snail does its shell.” –Jules Renard, Journal Agree, disagree? I’d never heard of French writer Jules Renard, but I love this journal. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to add “Life is what our habits make it.” Do you agree with that? But of course, I see … ?

Before and After: “I Get My Coffee in My Bedroom and I Don’t Go Downstairs Until I Am Done.”

I’m writing my next book, about how we make and break habts– an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I’ll post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story, contact me here. To hear when the book … ?

Do You Fall for Any of These 5 Common Mistakes about Habits?

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. Today: some common misconceptions about habits. Just about all of us are interested in habits — whether because we want to change a habit of our own, or because we’d like to help someone else change a habit. But to change habits, it’s important to understand how habits work. … ?

Secret of Adulthood: Accept Yourself, and Expect More From Yourself.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   Or as W. H. Auden put it, “Between the ages of twenty and forty we are engaged in the process of discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between accidental limitations which it is our duty to outgrow and the necessary limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass with impunity.” Or … ?

The Penalty for a Bad Habit? The Bad Habit.

Assay: One of the things that strikes me most, in my study of habits, is the poetic justice of habits. As you may (or may not) remember from your high school English class, “poetic justice” is when a punishment fits the crime. In Dante’s vision of the Ninth Circle of Hell, a fiend punishes the sowers of discord and schism … ?

“A Man Gets an Immense Amount of Satisfaction from the Knowledge of Having Done Good Work.”

You increase your self-respect when you feel you’ve done everything you ought to have done, and if there is nothing else to enjoy, there remains that chief of pleasures, the feeling of being pleased with oneself. A man gets an immense amount of satisfaction from the knowledge of having done good work and of having made the best use of … ?

Do You Have Any Favorite Quotes? I Sure Do.

I have a real memory from passages from books that I’ve read. This is one of my favorite things about myself, because as I go about my day, I hear little echoes from my reading. Often, too, I’ll be haunted by a line or a paragraph for years, but not really understand its significance, until suddenly I grasp it. One … ?

“We’d Be Better Served Watching the Carb Content of the Diet Rather than How Much We Eat and Exercise.”

Habits interview: Gary Taubes. I’m so pleased to be posting this interview with Gary Taubes, because it’s no exaggeration to say that his work has had more practical influence on my day-to-day habits than probably any other writer. In Better Than Before, I describe the multiple strategies we can use to change our habits. One of the most powerful, but … ?

Does Your Sweetheart Drive You Nuts with the Very Qualities that Attracted You?

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Quiz Day, or Tip Day. This Wednesday: Are you driven nuts by the very qualities that drew you to your sweetheart? A few days ago, I read Elizabeth Bernstein’s Wall Street Journal piece, How to cope when you and your partner are falling out of love. It discusses the idea of “fatal attraction” — … ?

Video: For Habits, the Strategy of the Lightning Bolt.

I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple … ?

How the Strategy of Scheduling Helped Me Make a Habit.

In my study of habits, I’ve identified many strategies that we can use to make or break our habits. The Strategy of Scheduling, of setting a specific, regular time for an activity to recur, is one of the most familiar and powerful strategies of habit-formation—and it’s one of my personal favorites. For most people, and certainly for me, there’s a … ?

Revealed! Book Club Choices for August. Happy Reading.

Yes, I said I was on vacation this week, but I forgot that it was time for the book club suggestions. So here I am, live from Kansas City, for a single post. Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest: · one outstanding book about happiness or habits · one outstanding work of children’s … ?

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