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5 Lessons I’ve Learned About Forming Healthy Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not […] The post 5 Lessons I’ve Learned About Forming Healthy Habits appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

Do You Feel a Pull Toward Work, or a Pull Toward Leisure?

One of my most important happiness commandments — okay, my most important happiness commandment — is to “Be Gretchen.” I’m always trying to understand myself, and how I’m alike or different from other people.  (For instance, I ask myself...Show More Summary

Celebrating One Year of Clutterfree with Kids

One year ago, we released Clutterfree with Kids. Within hours, it was the #1 Parenting book in America and would stay there for over two weeks. Eventually, the book would sell 20,000 copies in its first year inspiring parents to balance life and handle clutter. To celebrate its one-year anniversary, we have decided to offer the […]

Discovering Dad and the Past Perfect

Years ago, during a recapitulation of my life, I examin […] The post Discovering Dad and the Past Perfect appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

Do You Have the Habit of Having Habits? Or Do You Fight Habits?

“Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.” –Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance How do you feel about habits? Do you fight against...Show More Summary

Before and After: An Obliger Figures Out How To Exercise Regularly

Have I mentioned that I have a book coming out, about habits? Oh right, I may have mentioned it. Yes, indeed, my book Better Than Before comes out March 17. So close and yet so far! Somehow the fact that it’s now “February” instead of...Show More Summary

Why Confessing Is Good for You

When you do something wrong, there are two typical reactions that pull in opposite directions. On the one hand, you might want to hide what you have done. If nobody finds out, then it may feel like you didn’t do it at all. On the other hand, you might just want to confess what you have done wrong. That gets the problem out into the open and helps people to move forward.

What Does Your Avatar Say About You?

A lot of websites give you the chance to represent yourself with an avatar rather than a picture of yourself. Avatars are often cartoon-y pictures with facial features, clothing, and accessories that allow you to personalize your picture. The avatar you select can influence the way people interact with you.

5 Things You Can Do To Overcome A Bad Decision

“Stop beating yourself up.  You are a work in pro […] The post 5 Things You Can Do To Overcome A Bad Decision appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

My top 100 suggestions for Pathfinders

I went through my files and looked at every single assignment I’ve ever given one of my Pathfinding coaching clients. I found some interesting patterns, a few really funny ones, and many that could help you find your path, too. Here are the top 100. All of these are actual assignments I’ve given to actual […]

The Pursuit of Lasting Success

“You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy.” —Eric Hoffer We live in a complicated world—one that has too often confused and misunderstood the entire notion of success. Along the way, we have championed, promoted, and dedicated ourselves to some unhealthy pursuits. We have measured success in terms of financial […]

“I Put the Device Face Down If My Daughter Wants To Talk or Physically Turn from the Screen”

Happiness interview: Ron Lieber. Now, how do I know Ron Lieber? I can’t remember how I met him. For a long time, I’ve been a big fan of his work. He writes a thought-provoking, helpful personal-finance column, “Your Money,” for the New York Times, and also writes for the Motherlode blog there. Show More Summary

Video: Are You an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel?

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,...Show More Summary

Your Complete Guide To Moving Home

By Nicole Robins They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do. Having done it six times myself, I can tell you that they’re 100% correct! Completing the sale or negotiations are stressful enough, but the move itself is even worse. The only sensible way to do it is […]

How 10 Days of Silence Cured My Binge Eating Habit

“Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakenin […] The post How 10 Days of Silence Cured My Binge Eating Habit appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

Revealed! Book Club Choices for February.

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

The Emptiness of Sports is Most Felt in Victory

I just finished watching the New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. I lived in New England for six years and began cheering for the Patriots then. And the Super Bowl was played in Phoenix just down the street from where I live now, so that was kinda fun. I guess you could […]

How I Put Chronic Worry Behind Me

“Worry is a misuse of the imagination.”  – Dan Za […] The post How I Put Chronic Worry Behind Me appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

Agree? In Order to Find Something, You Must Possess It Already

I often become preoccupied with an idea, and take great pleasure in seeing that idea appear over and over. One of the ideas that I’ve traced for years is the paradoxical idea — to put it in the most simple terms — that in order to find something, you must possess it already. Show More Summary

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