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There is a Silver Lining, Right?

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, b […] The post There is a Silver Lining, Right? appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

The Danger of Labeling Others (or Yourself)

We label people by the characteristics they show all the time. We think of a particular person as being a bully, a nerd, a musician, or an athlete. The label may be a reasonable reflection of who they are right now, but it also carries a belief that the behavior reflects a person’s essence. read more

Suffer from Insomnia? Try This Counter-Intuitive Trick.

I’ve been on a bender of reading Josephine Tey recently. I don’t like mysteries, usually, but I just discovered her, and for some reason I’ve really been in the mood for her books. In The Singing Sands, I came across a counter-intuitive trick for falling asleep. I’ve tried it now, myself, a few times, and it really works. He put … ?

The American Dream Does Not Cost $130,000/year

This past weekend, USA Today published a report estimating the American dream now costs $130,000/year to attain. You can find the entire article and figures here: Price tag for the American dream: $130K a year Based on these figures, only 1 out of 8 American families are living the Dream. Yours truly would be excluded. To […]

The Embarrassing Way I Got Into the Best Shape Of My Life

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, whil […] The post The Embarrassing Way I Got Into the Best Shape Of My Life appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

7 Productivity Hacks You Could Be Using Right Now

Wait, is this your relationship with productivity? Admit it, you envy productive people. You keep telling yourself that you could be more productive if only you use your time better and smarter. You read books and blogs and listen to podcasts on productivity hacks. Show More Summary

Video: For Habits, the Strategy of Accountability.

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 … ?

The cure for still-not-enough disease

2009: I go to half-time at my day job. I set a financial goal for my baby business. 52 Weeks to Awesome is my first success. But it’s still not enough. 2010: The World-Changing Writing Workshop is a wild success! But it’s still not enough. 2011: The Pathfinding Program is born and begins to thrive. […]

3 Quotes That Teach Us about Being Human

I am a reforming perfectionist, reforming being the key […] The post 3 Quotes That Teach Us about Being Human appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

Do You Love Numbered Lists? Here Are Some Lists to Help with Your Habits.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: a round-up of numbered lists to help you shape your habits. As I’ve mentioned many times, I’m working on a book called Better than Before, about how we make or break habits — which is an intensely fascinating subject. (To hear when the book goes on sale, … ?

Revealed! Book Club Choices for July. Happy Reading.

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 pick–a widely admired and excellent book that I love, yes, but one that may not appeal to everyone I’ll post these … ?

A Perspective from the Road Less Traveled

I have always tried to live my life by one mantra: make […] The post A Perspective from the Road Less Traveled appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

The Responsibility of Opportunity

On Tuesday of last week, the temperature was 102 degrees in Phoenix. While hot, I didn’t mind it too much. My home is air-conditioned. When I need to go somewhere, the Max A/C in my Honda Accord cools me down seemingly within seconds. For lunch that day, I had a taco salad. The lettuce was […]

Drumroll, Please…Announcing the Title of My Forthcoming Book on Habits.

I may have mentioned that I’ve been struggling to find a new title for my forthcoming book on habits. At last, I have a title, and it’s better than before. In fact, it’s…Better than Before! Better than Before: Making and Breaking Our Everyday Habits to Be Happier, Stronger, and More Productive (Really). The subtitle may change a bit, but that’s … ?

The Importance of Being Punctual

Is that a real emergency or just a poor excuse? Person A: I am so sorry I am late. I was stuck in traffic. Person B: No kidding. Cause, ya know, I chartered a plane to get here! I am so tempted to respond this way to every Person A who has been notoriously late […] The post The Importance of Being Punctual appeared first on Prolific Living.

“Truly to Enjoy Bodily Warmth, Some Small Part of You Must Be Cold.”

“Truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast.  Nothing exists in itself.  If you flatter yourself that you are all over comfortable, and have been so a long time, then you cannot be said to be comfortable any … ?

If You Want to Focus on the Long Term, Be Grateful

A common observation about human behavior is that people are biased toward what is best in the short-term. That does not meant that people always pursue short-term pleasures over long-term gains. It just means that the value of the long-term option has to be much larger than what people will get right now in order for them to choose to delay the benefit. read more

“If I Didn’t Take Drastic Steps I Wasn’t Going To Be Around for My Son.”

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 … ?

If You Are Going to Take Notes, Do It By Hand

I just finished my 23rd year of teaching at universities. There have been several changes in the way students approach their classes in that time. The most noticeable is that when I started teaching, students took notes in notebooks, but now almost every desk has a laptop on it when I give a lecture. read more

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