I have a friend who has started a new course of healthful eating. She told me, “This time is different. I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life, I’ve been on a thousand diets, but this time I’m changing my eating habits for good.” I think many of us have had a similar experience, when we’ve thought: “This time is … ?
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.~ St. Augustine. Sometimes we feel in need of a miracle. Doesn’t have to be a big one…a little one would be just fine, since there is no order of difficulty in them. For some a miracle is an amazing experience [...]Show More Summary
Somebody shushes, conversation hushes, and all eyes flicker with delight as you watch your sizzling, glistening meals cruise out of the kitchen and slowly descend in front of you. AWESOME! Photo from: here
There is scientific consensus about the basic tenets relating to global climate change. Scientists agree that human activity is influencing global temperatures. They disagree only in how quickly it is happening. Yet, if you scour the internet, you will find a number of websites and blogs out there that are run by climate-change skeptics. read more
For the weekly videos, I now tell a story. I’ve realized that for me, and I think for many people, a story is what holds my attention and makes a point most powerfully. This week’s story: This reminds me of something Virginia Woolf wrote in her Diary: “My mind works in idleness. To do nothing is often my most … ?
I love dividing the world into categories. Abstainers and moderators. Radiators and drains. Leopards and alchemists. Marathoners and sprinters (formerly known as “tortoises and hares”–I like this terminology better, how about you?) I’ve come up with a new distinction, but I’m still turning it over in my mind. Show More Summary
There’s something therapeutic about finger-peeling that dark-gray-with-red-flecks fuzz patch off the trap, rolling it into a ball, and tossing it in the trash. Yes, after you ditch that hot, furry blanket both you and your dryer can finally breathe again. … Continue reading ?
The Agony of Feeling Indecisive Indecisive. The inability – or the temporary paralysis – to decide when presented with more than one choice. Have you ever felt indecisive? It Is Agonizing! It is like an itch that you cannot scratch, one that keeps you from doing anything else until you make your decision and move [...]
Sure, anybody can wake up with some serious bedhead. Tangled dreads, pillow-dented part, static-flared bangs — whatever you got, we’ll take it. Much like rain hair, bedhead is your temporary ticket to Cowlick Country, a place where looks just don’t … Continue reading ?
“Many scenes have come & gone unwritten, since it is today the 4th Sept, a cold grey blowy day, made memorable by the sight of a kingfisher, & by my sense, waking early, of being again visited by ‘the spirit of delight.’ ‘Rarely rarely comest thou, spirit of delight.’ That was I singing this time last year; & sang so … ?
I have a soft spot in my heart for the song “Sunny Side of the Street,” and that song has helped me get through some tough times in my life. The lyric “Life can be so sweet/On the sunny side of the street” captures our general belief that rainy days are sad, while sunny days are happy. read more
My daughters and I are huge fans of the TV show, The Office (the American version). We have the DVDs, we’ve watched every episode several times, and they get funnier each time. Now, admittedly, you may question the wisdom of allowing an eight-year-old to watch the show. But I always watch with her, and I skip through the inappropriate parts. … ?
Byron Katie Shares the Method of Self-Inquiry My guest today on the Daily Interaction Show is Byron Katie. Katie created The Work, which is a self-inquiry method that teaches you how to free yourself from your thoughts, the cause of your suffering, and how to find and embrace the truth. She has changed the lives [...]
Because you’re going to figure it out eventually. AWESOME! Photo from: here
One of my Secrets of Adulthood is to It’s okay to ask for help–and today I’m asking! I’m considering adding some new features to The Happiness Project site, and it would be hugely helpful to learn more about you and your views. I’d like to know what’s working well, and what could work better. I know it’s a pain to … ?
It’s the summer of 2012, and I’m falling apart. I’m about to quit my day job. We’re about to sell everything we own and live in an RV. We’re in the middle of renegotiating the custody arrangements for our son. Business is doing well, but not enough yet to pay all the bills. “Choose Peace” [...]
I thought that it was never going to end. Wake up. Brush my teeth. Drive to work. Sit at my desk for eight hours. Count the hours from the moment I sit down: Eight, seven, six... Drive home. Make dinner. Eat.... Sleep. Wake up. The truth is, at that point in my life, nothing brought me joy any more. Show More Summary
It all starts with The Hunt. Mall-walking, clothes-shopping, you’re searching for cute tops and a new pair of jeans. You pop into stores, you do the Figure-8 Walk Around, you pop right out. You pinch fabrics, peek at wash instructions, … Continue reading ?
Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Quiz–Answer these questions to boost your self-knowledge. A key–perhaps the key–to a happy life is self-knowledge, because as the Fifth Splendid Truth holds, I can build a happy life only on the foundation of my own nature. In my own case, I’ve found that the more my life reflects my real interests, values, … ?
Oh look, shoot, there’s a giant empty wall of Dark Knight DVD cases. Wait, wait, there’s one left in the corner! AWESOME! (p.s. Hmm, some of these age better than others. I’ve decided to just let’em hang. – Neil) Photo … Continue reading ?