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#11 Driving through your old hood and stopping to see the house you grew up in

When my friends Chris, Ty, and I went on our cross-country road trip a few years back, we managed to stop in the small, hardscrabble dirt town of Paris, Texas. In addition to visiting the Kimberly-Clark diaper factory, miniature Eiffel...Show More Summary

Podcast 59: Find a Lucky Charm, Distract Yourself for 15 Minutes, Listener Mantras, and Godparent Guilt.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: Elizabeth is still in New York City, as she works on her pilot. We also talked about the new mini-episodes I’m doing every Monday morning. Two or three minutes to help you start your week “A Little Happier.“ (As always, it’s a huge help if you rate or review. Show More Summary

WCME 040: The Enneagram Prison Project, with Susan Olesek - Pace Smith

These bars in a cell in reality, Like the inner bars in your mentality. And so in a prison New hope has arisen As inmates escape personality. Susan Olesek of the Enneagram Prison Project teaches the Enneagram to inmates, to help them free themselves from the bars of their own personalities. “We really want people […]

#12 Your sister

My sister’s name is Nina. She was born sixteen months after me and we were tight from the beginning. When my parents brought her home from the hospital I couldn’t stop marveling at her thick chock of black hair, tiny smudge of a nose, and tightly closed eyes. We traveled together a lot from those […] The post #12 Your sister appeared first on 1000 Awesome Things.

#13 The first time a new friend uses your nickname

Welcome to the inner circle. AWESOME! — Wow!!! The Happiness Equation is still #1 on The Globe’s Canadian and International Bestseller lists! Three weeks since debuting — and counting! Thank you! Neil   Photo from: here The post #13 The first time a new friend uses your nickname appeared first on 1000 Awesome Things.

9 Simple Tips to Thin Out Your Closet

There is something uniquely attractive about open space in a closet. When was the last time you saw a staged photo of a closet stuffed to overflowing with clothes? Rarely, if ever. Instead, clothes hang neatly and are organized tidily–with room for air and energy and open spaces. This is attractive to most of us. But our closets look […]

#14 When there’s a good turnout on your birthday

Everybody gets born. One day you popped into the world a tiny ball of crying wet nakedness and every year since then we’ve all stopped to celebrate your big day. Birthdays freeze time as you stare back at last year and get ready to celebrate...Show More Summary

#15 Becoming a regular

Come on in. We all know that being a regular doesn’t just happen overnight. No, it’s more like softly falling into a slow romance with a new friend… Stage 1: The First Glance. There are plenty of fish in the sea but you slowly choose one. Maybe it’s the big coffee cups, the wrinkly newspapers […] The post #15 Becoming a regular appeared first on 1000 Awesome Things.

#16 Staying out late till the place shuts down

Bringing down the house. When your party spins till the disco ball stops and the lights go pop then you know you’re having a great time. Big toes peeking through nylons, tongues hanging out like dogs, bangs sweatglued to your forehead — you’re groggily stumbling out the door, itching for more, rushing till four. Show More Summary

#17 The ability to think

“How often do you think?” My eleventh grade English teacher interrupted class one day with that booming question. Until then we’d been having staple fights, passing notes, and half-assedly working on book reports about Brave New World. Show More Summary

#18 Getting picked up from the airport

You know what’s the worst? Trying to figure out how to get somewhere in a city you’ve never been before. Yes, strange bus routes, new taxi systems, and mazes of complex maps welcome you to your business trip, weekend getaway, or family vacation. Show More Summary

#19 Remembering all you’ve learned from old girlfriends and boyfriends

Your life is a pinball. Shooting up high you start bouncing between bumpers and fly between flippers which smack you every which way. Your life soars and crashes in ways you can’t predict. First loves with teenage girls, secret kisses in college worlds, all shape your heart and who you are today. Show More Summary

A Little Happier: Tell Me What You Want for Dinner.

It feels like a paradox: sometimes, by being more demanding, we’re more giving. Being very specific about what we want allows others to revel in the pleasure of giving. I hope you’re enjoying the new mini-episodes. I love doing them. Want...Show More Summary

How to Outsmart Procrastination

Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? T. S. Eliot Oh, let’s face it. Use it, love it, or hate it, you procrastinate. We all do. Procrastination is a label that covers all manners of […] The post How to Outsmart Procrastination appeared first on Goodlife Zen.

Social Comparisons Can Make You Give Up

Competition can often be motivating. Yet, in ordinary life, social comparisons can also be de-motivating.

Revealed! Three Terrific Books to Read in April.

For all the books I choose, I love them; I’ve read most of them at least twice if not many times; and they’re widely admired. Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest: one outstanding book aboutShow More Summary

WCML 090: Curvy Yoga and Loving Your Body, with Anna Guest-Jelley - Pace Smith

It’s okay to wear a bikini Despite that your body’s not teeny. Anna Guest-Jelley Says “yes!” to your belly; Please welcome this curvy yogini. Anna’s story of becoming a yoga teacher “Holy shit, I can be fat and still love my body?!” Marilyn Wann’s “Fat! So?” Curvy Barbie listening to your body “Whatever doorway people […]

Podcast 58: Special Guest Host, Eliza! Plus, Find an Area of Refuge, the Pressure of Birthdays, and How to Get Up Earlier.

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” Update: Elizabeth is still in New York City, but her schedule is so crazed, as she’s shooting the pilot, that my seventeen-year-old daughter Eliza stepped in as aShow More Summary

Positive Mood Makes People Gamble More

In order to take a risk, you have to feel as though that risk is going to pay off in some way.

WCME 039: The Spiritual Psychology of Type Nine, The Peace-Seeker (part 1) - Pace Smith

Enneagram Study Group: Pace and Kyeli dive into The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram, by Sandra Maitri. bridging the spirituality and psychology of Type Nine. Previous episodes in this series: WCME 036: Introduction to the Spiritual Dimension of Type Nine (Essential Love) If you enjoyed this episode, would you be so kind as to leave […]

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