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A Little Happier: “Be Polite and Be Fair, and You’ll Be Fine.”

I love it when people know just what to say — for instance, when they can convey a big idea in just a few words. I’ve never forgotten the stern look on my boss’s face as she gave me this advice, as I was about to take on a new position: “Be polite and be fair, and you’ll be fine.” And it turns out, she’s right. Show More Summary

How Do People Explain Puzzling Behaviors?

Suppose you see somebody do something odd. How do you explain what they just did?

Avoid Holiday Clutter. Build Homes for Orphans.

One year ago, we founded and launched a nonprofit organization called The Hope Effect. Our dream is to change orphan care around the world by focusing on new solutions that mimic the family unit. Rather then constructing orphanages as most people imagine them to be (with high child to adult ratios), we are building smaller homes. Each […]

Change is an Acquired Taste

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7 Tips for Having a Happy Thanksgiving with Your Difficult Relatives.

In the United States, Thanksgiving is approaching. For many people, Thanksgiving is a joyous holiday; for many people, Thanksgiving is a dreaded holiday. One factor that can make it tough is spending time with difficult relatives. Here...Show More Summary

“I Try to Make a Regular Custom of Listening to Music for 20-30 Minutes Without Any Other Distractions.”

Interview: Steven Johnson. Steven Johnson has written many fascinating books, such as How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World. (which is also a PBS series). I absolutely love the title (and argument) of his book...Show More Summary

The Secret to Overcoming Fear When Chasing Your Dreams

“We cannot escape fear. We can only transform it into a companion that accompanies us on all of our exciting adventures.” – Susan Jeffers Fear. We’ve all experienced it at some point in our lives. Whether it’s real or imagined, fearShow More Summary

What I Learned From Reading 170 Books in a Single Year

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WCML 112: It’s okay to rest - Pace Smith

“Get out there and give it your best! Your friends are all being oppressed!” What if I’m too stressed, Or madly depressed? What if I need to just rest? WCML 109: First, become okay. Afterward, you can deal with everything else. WCML 059: Self-care is a form of social justice, with Marsha Philitas Thanks for […]

Why Silence Is More Important Than We Think

Silence is golden. But for the entirety of my young life, I needed noise. Music, TV, something had to be going on or I felt antsy. Time was a valuable thing, and if I wasn’t using every second of it, what a waste! I carried that feeling...Show More Summary

Podcast 91: Delete a Soul-Sucking App, and a Deep Dive into Happier 911 Songs

It’s time for the next installment of  Happier with Gretchen Rubin. NOTE: This episode was recorded before Election Day 2016, which is why Elizabeth and I don’t mention it. The election has been unusually emotional and contentious. As...Show More Summary

How Losing a Job at 50 Boosted My Life

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Maybe Success Just Feels Like This

“Be happy with who you are and what you do, and you can do anything you want.” —Steve Maraboli Looking back over the past few years, my life has been a crazy ride and something I never imagined. I started this website as a simple online journal, but today: —Becoming Minimalist welcomes almost 1,000,000 visitors […]

A Little Happier: Flannery O’Connor Writes About What Some Folks Would Do.

How I love the work of Flannery O’Connor. Her novel Wise Blood is one of my favorite books, and I also love O’Connor’s non-fiction. I’ve read The Habit of Being, her collection of letters, many times. The passage I read is from her O’Connor’s...Show More Summary

How I Chose to Reframe My Failure

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“I Am Being Swept off My Feet at Last.” A Good Thing–or Not?

“ ‘Don’t you worry about me! I am as happy now as I have ever been, and that is saying a great deal. But the time has come. I am being swept off my feet at last,’ he added, and then in a low voice, as if to himself, he sang softly in the dark…” — J.R.R. Show More Summary

Think and Feel Deeply then Act

  People are feeling traumatised by the US election, and not just in the US. It is unclear what the newly elected government will do; and the uncertainty doesn’t help deal with the trauma.   What to do? My last post is on dealing with the feelings. In summary, feel the feelings and then do […]

Why the Smell of a Hallway Taught Me Something Important about Myself.

Yesterday, I went to the Panoply offices to record an episode of the Happier podcast in the studio there. As I walked down the hallway to the water fountain, I was suddenly struck by a “Proustian memory” — a flood of remembrance triggered...Show More Summary

Grief Rage and Fear

Most of us in the world are probably affected by what happens in China, Russia or the US. And these countries affect each other. So the recent US election will probably affect everyone directly or indirectly. (My country, Australia is affected by the decisions of both the US and China.) My friends in the US […]

The Importance of Cultivating a Rich Inner Life

“The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings.” – Henri Frederic Amiel Last summer, I had the privilege of visiting the stately Dunrobin Castle, located in the northern part of Scotland. Perched on a high terrace, surrounded...Show More Summary

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