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