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A Little Happier: Sometimes, You Feel Regret Either Way.

As I’ve mentioned many times, I love examples of someone knowing the right thing to say. In this case, a doctor said the right thing to my friend — when she admitted to feeling a little let down by the news that she was going to give birth to a boy. Show More Summary

Hey Mama, (You’re) Enough Already

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33 Articles of Clothing = 25,176 Different Outfits

Toward the end of the Uncluttered Course, I challenge each participant to try an abbreviated version of Project 333. Project 333, the fashion challenge started by Courtney Carver, invites people to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months— underwear and workout clothes don’t count, but everything else does: jewelry, shoes, outerwear, tops, bottoms, etc. You […]

“The Colour of the Leaves in Autumn Would Be Nothing Without the Feeling that Accompanies It.”

“The colour of the leaves in autumn would be nothing without the feeling that accompanies it.” –William Hazlitt, “The Indian Jugglers” in Selected Writings My color obsession continues. I see colors — and references to colors — everywhere. Show More Summary

Do You Face These Common Problems in Happiness and Habits? Here’s Your Answer!

For years, I’ve been reading, writing, and talking to people about their happiness and good habits. My preoccupation is: how can we make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative? The Happiness Project, Happier...Show More Summary

The Importance of Asking the Right Questions

“The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer.” – Thomas. J Watson Have you ever noticed how kids love to ask so many questions? They unabashedly throw questions at grown-ups every time they encounter something that piques their curiosity. Show More Summary

In defense of conformity - Pace Smith

I (Pace) had a conversation with a friend who is a mainstream conformist, and I realized that it’s not really conformity that pisses me off, it’s complacency. Then I realized why complacency pisses me off, and things got really confusing. If you choose, and choose not to transform; If you choose to stay close to […]

How To Halve Your Worries & Double Your Happiness

Do you want to halve your worries? And double your happiness? Silly question, perhaps. Because there’s probably no one alive who wouldn’t want to worry less. Sometimes it seems there just aren’t enough hours in the day for all the things we have to worry about. Show More Summary

Podcast 126: Look for an Under-Used Area of Your Home, Dealing with Perfectionism, and Clear Instructions about How to Rate and Review a Podcast.

Update:  Congratulations to Elizabeth and Sarah, who are about to hit a milestone for their podcast “Happier in Hollywood” — tomorrow is their tenth episode. Teaser: in that episode, they interview the brilliant host of “Side Hustle School,” Chris Guillebeau. Show More Summary

Three Tips to Help Kids That Stutter

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How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness

Are you happy? Did you have to think about your answer for a moment? Did you answer “no”? You’re not alone. And you’re not stuck. With a little work, you can rewire your brain and find the happiness you desire. Happiness While the issue...Show More Summary

The Hope Effect: Raising $40,000 for Orphan Care

18 months ago, with help from the Becoming Minimalist community, we created and launched a nonprofit organization called The Hope Effect. The Hope Effect seeks to improve orphan care in developing nations by focusing on solutions that better mimic the family-unit. Rather than constructing large, institutional-style orphanages with high child to adult ratios, we build […]

How a Health Coach Harnessed Her Rebel Tendency to Lose 40 Pounds and Boost Her Energy.

I love hearing how people put the Four Tendencies framework to work — whether by using knowledge of their Tendency to improve their own lives, or to work more effectively with other people. Recently, I got an email from Nagina Abdullah, health coach and founder of MasalaBody.com. Show More Summary

4 Non-Physical Ways Fitness Changed My Life

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A Little Happier: You Get What You Get, and You Don’t Get Upset.

It’s funny what we remember. When handing out scarves with different patterns, or cupcakes with different colors of frosting, I would hear my daughter’s nursery school teachers admonish the children, “You get what you get, and you don’t get upset.” I remind myself of this all the time. Show More Summary

A Mysterious Observation about Happiness from Oscar Wilde.

“There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.”  — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray This has always struck me as an eerie and mysterious observation; I’ve been surprised by...Show More Summary

Announcing The Four Tendencies Book Tour! Hope to See You Along the Way.

I’m gearing up for my book tour for The Four Tendencies! I can’t wait. Some writers don’t enjoy traveling or speaking, but I really enjoy it. I love connecting in person to book and blog readers as well as Happier listeners. I wish I could go to every city, but because of the time and money involved, I can only visit a handful. Show More Summary

What If You Could Be More Happy Today?

Editor’s Note: My friend Jessie is a mom of two in Seattle. When we were neighbors, she once raved to me about how Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project, had impacted her. So recently, I asked Jessie to share how, four years after reading it, the ideas in Gretchen’s book continue to influence her life. After […]

How Art Gave Me Solace

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4 Benefits of Making Peace With Things You Can’t Control

“Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.” – Jackson Kiddard Have you ever wanted something/someone so badly but you felt like you couldn’t do anything about it? How would you describe your state during those times?Show More Summary

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