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Generosity and Hospitality are Subversive

  Generosity and hospitality are quite counter-cultural at the moment. There is much about defending what is ours and not much about giving freely of what we have. In Australia, where I live, the sheer awfulness of the treatment of asylum seekers is difficult to comprehend. In Australia the current government wishes to sell off […]

What to Do When Life Does Not Seem Fair

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. When life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” – Shauna Niequist “Life is unfair, just deal with it.” How many times have you or someone else blurted this statement? Depending on whatShow More Summary

Are You Crippling Your Confidence With This Toxic Advice?

It doesn’t work, does it? For you, I mean. It might work for some people, but the truth is, you’re not ‘some people.' You’re unique. Uniquely ‘you’. And when you lose touch with your authentic self, the real you, you’re all at sea, unable...Show More Summary

Podcast 96: Set Your “Holiday Intention,” the Fun of Making Graham-Cracker Houses, and the Problem of Holiday Shared Work.

It’s time for the next installment of  Happier with Gretchen Rubin. Elizabeth’s young-adult book Flower is ready for pre-order! As promised, here’s the cover. It sounds so good, I can’t wait to read it! (In fact, as I’m writing this,...Show More Summary

WCME 064: IEA part 4 of 4: Helen Palmer, the 3 instincts in relationship, and my impressions of the IEA community - Pace Smith

I learned quite a lot on each day, And made some great friends by the way. And all this despite Being quite old and white – Get hype for the great IEA! Helen Palmer: “Your type is an adaptive strategy to keep you secure in the world.” -Helen Palmer Identity feels like choosing but it’s […]

The Best Gift You Can Give This Christmas (and Where to Find It)

The holiday season is marked by many things: family, tradition, food, and decoration (just to name a few). Gift-giving is also an important part of the season as we seek to show love and appreciation to others. Many, in search of the perfect gift will invest countless hours and dollars hunting for that one treasure to best […]

A Little Happier: Do You Want to Take My Taxi?

A Little Happier: An encounter with a stranger, about a taxi, has haunted me. It reminded me that we never may know the true consequences of our actions, big or small, for good or for ill. Have you ever had a moment like this? When one...Show More Summary

Do You Hesitate to Throw Something Away, for Fear that Others Might Pick It Up?

“There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.”  –Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray Have you faced this problem — for instance, deciding to pursue some opportunity, even though...Show More Summary

What Makes the Perfect Gift? Probably Not What You Think.

Lately, I’ve been shopping for holiday gifts, which raises questions. What makes a good gift? Is it better to surprise people, or to shop from a list they provide? Should I spend hours searching for just the right gift? If you’ve asked...Show More Summary

Why a Little Escapism Can Be Healthy

“We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality; we create it to be able to stay.” – Lynda Barry Try this short visualization exercise: Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and go back to a magical moment in your life. Remember...Show More Summary

“To Exercise More, I Thought of the Moments When Getting a Workout Has Been the Most Fun.”

Happiness interview: Michelle Gielan. Michelle Gielan spent much of her career as a national CBS News anchor, and now she studies positive psychology. She’s the founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and is partneredShow More Summary

How To Make The Switch And Create The Life You Crave

Admit it. You want to have ‘the good life’. To do the things that matter. And to make that change you want to see in the world. These are your dreams. But maybe you are stuck in a job or a career where you only follow the rules, become...Show More Summary

WCML 114: Living a wholehearted life - Pace Smith

If to thine own self you are true, If there’s nothing you wish to undo, You won’t fall apart. You’ll have your whole heart, And that means you’ll have your whole you. all 9 limericks” “God doesn’t care about the size of your cookies.” -Kyeli WCML 087: “If you’re not going to devote yourself to […]

Podcast 95: Practice Mis-En-Place, Pack a Canvas Tote Bag, and the Tragedy of the Messy Commons.

It’s time for the next installment of  Happier with Gretchen Rubin. To start the new year in a happier way, we’re doing a fun project on Instagram. Every day, for the month of January, Elizabeth and I will post a photo on Instagram of...Show More Summary

10 Children’s Books to Inspire Simplicity in Kids

As the parent of two children, I work hard to instill values of simplicity and minimalism in their lives. The formula is the same as teaching any value we desire to pass on: lead by example, look for teachable moments, and hope for the best. Because ultimately, in the end, they will make their own […]

Your Confidence in Knowledge Depends on What Experts Know

You have lots of beliefs about the way the world works. How do you assess your confidence in what you understand?

Finding Freedom: How Quitting Caffeine Transformed My Life

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A Little Happier: What’s Your One-Word Theme for the New Year?

A Little Happier: We’re all getting geared up for 2017, and January 1 is often a prompt that people use to reflect on ways to make life happier in the new year. This week’s holiday hack is to choose one word, or a short phrase, to sum up what we want to focus on for the new year. Show More Summary

Life Lessons I Learned On My Trip to Hawaii

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5 Rules to Follow When Trusting Others

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” – Maya Angelou “Et tu, Brute?” These were the famous last words uttered by Julius Caesar, one of history’s most victorious generals and statesmen, known for his strategically planned military campaigns, which significantly expanded the Roman Empire and fortified its borders. Show More Summary

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