Blog Profile / The Happiness Project

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Archived Since:November 13, 2008

Blog Post Archive

A Fitness Trainer Explains How She Uses the Four Tendencies to Help Her Clients to Succeed.

My book The Four Tendencies is coming out in September, and I’m very excited to have my full theory of this personality framework out into the world. Of course, I’ve been writing and talking about it (perhaps obsessively?) ever since...Show More Summary

“My Husband Said, ‘You Don’t Want to Be the Kind of Person Who Leaves the Book in the Drawer.'”

Interview: Mary Carlomagno. I met Mary years ago…now, I can’t even remember why. But she told me something, in a very off-hand way, that led to a big, exciting undertaking on my part. This is a good example of how sometimes, even the most casual comment by someone else can spark a big effort by someone else. Show More Summary

Podcast 122: Tackle a “Power Day,” People Who Question Your Good Habits, and What’s Your Advice about College-Bound Children?

Update: The September book tour for The Four Tendencies is set! I’ll be going to New York City (obviously), Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.  I hope to see you there — please come, bring friends. Info...Show More Summary

Questioners Question All Expectations

At work, at home, and in life, we all confront both outer and inner expectations. Understanding how you respond to expectations is the foundation of my Four Tendencies framework. (Take the quiz here to find out if you’re an Upholder, Obliger, Questioner, or a Rebel.) Questioners question all expectations. Show More Summary

A Little Happier: My Former Roommate’s Ex-Boyfriend’s Lesson in How to Be Successful.

As I think back on the great advice I’ve received over the years, I’m surprised to realize that some of the best advice came from very random sources — books I skimmed, people I hardly knew. Like my former law-school roommate’s ex-boyfriend’s advice. Show More Summary

“Once I Stopped Jonesing for WiFi, Life Was Old School Awesome.”

Interview: Daniel Lerner. Dan Lerner teaches the most popular elective at New York University, “The Science of Happiness.” One of my favorite subjects! His new book just hit the shelves. U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life) is a fun, comprehensive guide to staying happy and productive in college — and beyond. Show More Summary

Podcast 121: How to Get More Reading Done, a Car-Related Hack, and an Interview with Sam Walker about Leadership.

Update: We love reading everyone’s haiku! Here’s mine for today: Writing my haiku A new way to see the world Quiet, creative. Try This at Home: Read more. Something that definitely boosts my happiness! For my one-pager about “Reading...Show More Summary

A Little Happier: Sometimes, Flawed Can Be More Perfect Than Perfection.

I read this wonderful story in the fascinating book Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom. Nordstrom was an extraordinarily brilliant and influential editor of children’s books, and here, she makes an important point about how sometimes, flawed can be more perfect than perfection. Show More Summary

“Sometimes I Dream About Him When He Was Younger, and I Remember It with Such Sweetness that It Wakes Me.”

“I also can still see many of Sam’s ages in him. New parents grieve as their babies get bigger, because they cannot imagine the child will ever be so heartbreakingly cute and needy again. Sam is a swirl of every age he’s ever been, and all the new ones, like cotton candy, like the Milky Way. Show More Summary

Some Thoughts on My Daughter’s High School Graduation: Go Forth Unafraid.

Yesterday, my daughter graduated from high school. It was a bittersweet afternoon. Happy, because it’s satisfying to think of the work that she’s done, sweet because it’s great to see the friends she’s made, and exciting to see her move forward. Show More Summary

“I Wrote This Book on a Computer Keyboard that Used to Belong to Malcolm Gladwell.”

Interview: Daniel McGinn. Dan McGinn is an editor at Harvard Business Review, and he’s written for publication such as Wired, Inc., the Boston Globe Magazine, and Newsweek. He also has a book that just hit the shelves this week: Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed. Show More Summary

Podcast 120: Very Special Episode of Listener Questions about the Four Tendencies.

Update: Congratulations to our beloved producer, Kristen Meinzer — her hilarious, addictive podcast By the Book got picked up! She and her co-host comedian Jolenta Greenberg choose a different popular self-help book and report what it’s...Show More Summary

Revealed! Books for June: a Talented Spider, an Unusual Perspective, and Health Hijinks.

Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest: — one outstanding book about happiness or habits or human nature — one outstanding work of children’s or young-adult literature–I have a crazy passion for...Show More Summary

A Little Happier: Sometimes, We Can Be Generous by Taking.

You never know what you’ll remember…sometimes, the smallest incidences stand out in our memories forever. I’ve never forgotten this brief encounter with a woman on an airplane, back from when my older daughter Eliza was a new baby. With greater age and experience, I now know that feeling of just wanting to hold a baby. Show More Summary

A Happiness Reminder from Charles Darwin: “I Have Worked as Well as I Could.”

“Whenever I have found out that I have blundered, or that my work has been imperfect, and when I have been contemptuously criticized, and even when I have been overpraised, so that I have felt mortified, it has been my greatest comfort...Show More Summary

“I’m Thankful for What I Have and Hopefully a Little Less Selfish than 18-Year-Old Me.”

Interview: Áine Fay. Lately, I’ve learned a lot about the impressive work of Concern Worldwide U.S., an international humanitarian organization that works to transform the lives of the poorest people in the poorest countries. For almost...Show More Summary

Podcast 119: Have Friends of Different Ages, Manage Mild Pain, and a Doctor-Related Demerit.

Update: Our next Very Special Episode will be dedicated to listener questions about the Four Tendencies, so if you have questions or comments, send them in. (Don’t know your Tendency? Take the quiz here to see if you’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel.) Try This at Home: Make friends with people of different ages. Show More Summary

Buying Towels and a Moment of Self-Reflection: I’m Already Grown Up.

For a while now, my husband has been talking about wanting new bathroom towels. And he was right, we needed them. As an under-buyer, I take great pleasure in the process of wearing things out or using things up — and boy, we got good use out of those towels. Show More Summary

A Little Happier: A Happiness Lesson from the Classic Picture Book “A Bargain for Frances.”

I love teaching stories of all kinds, and I find them in all sorts of places. For instance, picture books. In Russell Hoban’s brilliant picture book A Bargain for Frances, Frances the badger get tricked by her friend Thelma into making...Show More Summary

I Give My Own Response to the “Ask Amy” Advice Column in the Washington Post.

I’m always on the watch for anything out in the world that illustrates my Four Tendencies framework. Many thoughtful readers and podcast listeners know this, and they send me links to anything Four Tendencies-ish. I very much appreciated...Show More Summary

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