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Before and After: “The Habit that Changed My Life Was Becoming a Morning Writer.”

I’m writing my next book, Before and After, 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 be notified … ?

a snarky comment that I actually agree with

Recently, someone made a presumably snarky comment about my eBook The 11 Most Dangerous Myths about Finding Your Path. She said: “Myth: That there is such a thing as a path!” The funny thing is, I actually agree with her! This is exactly what I was trying to say in the ebook when I wrote: […]

#555 Proper urinal etiquette

Just look at us. We blast rocketships into outer space, talk to people across the planet in seconds, and swallow little pills to take away our headaches. Yet despite these giant leaps forward one thing’s still pretty primal around the … Continue reading ?

The Real Truth About Change

It’s been almost a year since I first shared my story on The Change Blog. I was coming out at the happy end of several years of endeavouring to live a more creative life and I was excited to share my story with others. I had recently...Show More Summary

Why Buying Stuff Won’t Make You Happy (and One Thing That Might)

“If you make a habit of buying things you do not need, you will soon be selling things you do.” —Filipino Proverb Our experiences hint at it. Studies confirm it. Buying things won’t make us happy. The pursuit and purchase of physical possessions will never fully satisfy our desire for happiness. It may result in […]

#556 When you’re in the fastest moving lane in the traffic jam

Sure, maybe you’re cruising way below the speed limit, but those other guys ain’t even moving. Yes, now’s the time to smile and enjoy your few fleeting moments as the fastest game in town. AWESOME! Join us on Facebook. Photo … Continue reading ?

Want to Read about Writing? Here Are My Five Favorite Books about Writing.

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: My five favorite books about writing. It’s not easy to write a book about writing that’s also a pleasure to read. Here are my favorites: 1. William Zinsser, On Writing Well. I’ve read this book several times, and I’m due for another re-reading soon. It’s full of … ?

Beliefs About Time Affect Savings

It is hard to save money, because we are wired to prefer to do things that are good for us in the short-term over those that are good for us in the long-term. So, how can we help people to save more money? read more

#557 When you fold a piece of paper so it fits in the envelope perfectly

Lick and load, people. Yeah, yeah, sure, we ain’t mailing letters much these days but we both know there’s the odd time you’re forced to fold-n-crease a piece of paper and snug it tightly into a envelope for some smoooooooth … Continue reading ?

Story: I Love to See Virtue Rewarded

This week’s video story: I love to see virtue rewarded. I have a weird trait — I can’t bear any book, movie, play, or anything with the plot of unjust accusation. Oliver Twist, Othello, Atonement, The Fugitive…I just can’t stand it. And I can sniff it out a mile away! I can feel this theme coming as I’m reading or … ?

How to Listen to Your Intuition Even When You’re too Busy to Hear

I wrote an article for The Change Blog titled, “5 Ways to Discover and Nurture Your Intuitive Voice,” where I told the story of how I quit a lousy job and took six months off from work to travel, and in the process found my intuitive voice. A woman named Judy posted a comment in response that stuck with me. Show More Summary

#558 Getting a stuck ball out of somewhere by using another ball

This is the childhood version of Mr. Fixit. Whether you’re shooting free throws in the driveway, whipping tennis balls at a wall, or tossing frisbees in the park, it always happens, man. Someone tosses it a bit too high, a … Continue reading ?

If You’re Trying to Keep a Good Habit, Do Other People Help or Hurt?

Assay: For my book on habits, Before and After, I’ve identified the multiple strategies that we can use to change our habits. One of the most powerful? The Strategy of Other People. We exert enormous influence on others, and they, on us; one way we influence each other is by providing mental energy to support (or thwart) someone else’s efforts. … ?

Make the Most of Your Personality at Work and at Home

By guest author Adrienne Erin There are a lot of stereotypes when it comes to introversion and extroversion, the personality traits that tend to define us and assign us certain behaviors and characteristics. We’ve all heard that introverts tend to be quieter and more guarded, whereas extroverts are more social and open with others. You [...]

35 Things You Do that Wastes Your Time

Why You Should Stop Wasting Time If you want to get things done, if you are driven and motivated with big dreams and plans, if you are not looking to just cruise through life but instead, chart your course, move with intention and go places, then you have to watch where your time goes. Show More Summary

4 Surprising Life Lessons I Learned from Belly Dancing

Heart racing. Nerves throbbing. Stomach churning. You’d think I was having an episode the way I was feeling, standing outside my old university gym that fateful Wednesday morning. As I watched some men shooting hoops in the court, IShow More Summary

Revealed! Book Club Choices for March. 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 … ?

Before and After: Stop Mindless Web-Surfing by Deleting Accounts and Toolbars–and Never Visiting..

I’m writing my next book, Before and After, 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 be notified … ?

“I Created a Different Relationship to the Voice in My Head.”

Habits interview: Dan Harris. I met Dan Harris–the ABC News, Nightline, and Good Morning America correspondent–when a mutual friend suggested that we’d enjoy having lunch, to talk about habits, happiness, and meditation. We had a great discussion, and in fact, Dan was one of several people who inspired me to try meditating. (I discuss this at some length in my … ?

Permission Granted

When I was a kid, I always felt compelled to play by the rules. I walked throughout the elementary school hallways when I wanted to run, waited for my parents to sort out my Halloween candy into rations before diving head deep into my...Show More Summary

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