I’m getting geared up for publication of my book The Four Tendencies — planning the book tour, getting ready to launch the major pre-order bonus (stay tuned for that!), thinking about my book talk. I can’t wait for the book to go out...Show More Summary
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
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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.” –William Hazlitt, “The Indian Jugglers” in Selected Writings My color obsession continues. I see colors — and references to colors — everywhere. Show More Summary
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 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
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 […]
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
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
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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
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 […]
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
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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
“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
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
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 […]
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