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4 Reasons to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

A friend of mine, Karen, is one of those people who se […] The post 4 Reasons to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

Why does “businesslike” mean cold and heartless?

The other day, I was reading a book in which a woman was described as “businesslike.” I instantly knew what the author meant: cold, no-nonsense, efficient, and without kindness or empathy. I did a double-take. Why does “businesslike” mean cold and heartless? I started writing about this, but I got carried away by my passionate(...)

Road to Detoxification

A while ago an ex-colleague of mine posted on a social […] The post Road to Detoxification appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

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 Games and Risky Behavior

One topic I have taken up in this blog from time-to-time is the impact of video games on behavior. There are both positive and negative consequences associated with video game play. One area where it has been hard to draw firm conclusions is in the area of aggression and risky behavior. read more

What 3 Dead Authors Taught Me About Living

“When the beginnings of self-destruction enter the hear […] The post What 3 Dead Authors Taught Me About Living appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

A Simple Guide to Practical Spirituality

It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Here you are, trying to build a meaningful and fulfilling life for yourself. But it seems like you’re forever caught up in the overwhelming minutiae of daily existence. You want to start your mornings with...Show More Summary

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 … ?

7 Tips to Speed Up the Decluttering Process

“Get rid of the trash to make room for the treasures. Let the things that are important take center stage.” —Peter Walsh Decluttering can be tough work. We spend years and years collecting and accumulating more and more things. We should not be surprised then, if it takes considerable time to make decisions about what […]

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 … ?

How to Smack Down Your Inner Critic Once and For All

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent […] The post How to Smack Down Your Inner Critic Once and For All appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

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

Creating Shared Memories

When we think about memory, we often focus on situations in which we encounter some information and then recall it later. In many situations, though, after we encounter the information, we talk about it with other people. That creates a shared recollection. This can happen both socially and in education situations. read more

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 … ?

What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

Do you ever feel stuck? Are you sometimes unsure of wha […] The post What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

Look Up to Someone

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” People who live intentional lives understand an important truth: They are not the first. Countless others have gone before and lived this life well—many, in fact, surround us everyday. Those who make the most of this life intentionally seek out others to learn from. They embrace humility. Reject […]

WCML 035: The 3 Circles of Pathfinding (and how perfectionism can skew them) with Julica Hermann

For your path to proceed unimpeded There are three things that must all be heeded. You’re on the right map When these 3 overlap: What you love, what you rock, and what’s needed. The “Holy Grail” of Pathfinding is to find the intersection of these three circles: what you love, what you rock, and what’s(...)

The Trade Off: Personal Goals Vs. Relationship Goals

A quick walk through the checkout line at most grocery stores takes you past an array of magazines that the store hopes you will grab on your way out. The headlines from those magazines scream out solutions to the problems people struggle with. And to judge from their content, three of the biggest problems center around weight loss, sex, and relationships. read more

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

Why I’m Proud To Be An Addict

“Every addiction arises from an unconscious refusal to […] The post Why I’m Proud To Be An Addict appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

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