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What We Appreciate Appreciates

This is a guest post from Cait Flanders of Blonde on a Budget. “In the context of sufficiency, appreciation becomes a powerful, intentional practice of creating new value through our deliberate attention to the value of what we already have.” –Lynne Twist I’ve spent the last four years writing about money and the role it […]

“Give Me a Second Glass of Wine, and All My Hard-Fought Self-Control Falls by the Wayside.”

Habits interview: Hannah Nordhaus. I know Hannah Nordaus from college. Back then, neither one of us talked about becoming writers (or at least I didn’t, and I don’t remember Hannah talking about it, though maybe she did…) A few years...Show More Summary

Your Memories Are Not Fixed in Stone

One of the scariest parts of the legal system is its reliance on eyewitness testimony. A witness identifies who a defendant as the perpetrator of a crime can sway a jury in the absence of any physical evidence that that the defendant was actually the one who committed the crime.

Writing Myself Back to Life.

“You write because you need to write, or because you ho […] The post Writing Myself Back to Life. appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

Making Time To Meditate

I know how difficult it can be finding some time for yourself (let alone to meditate!), when you are juggling your time between your kids, family, work, friends and household chores. But without my ‘me’ time, to just unwind with a book, enjoy a coffee or to meditate, I would find it very difficult to […]

Do You Know Your “Tell?” And the Comfort Food for Your Brain?

My new book about habits, Better Than Before, comes out one week from tomorrow. It’s hard to believe that publication day is so close. I don’t feel particularly anxious, but I realized that actually I am pretty anxious — because I recognized my “tell.” Self-knowledge is one of the greatest challenges for happiness and good habits. Show More Summary

How Letting Go of the Past Changed My Life for the Better

 “Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future, […] The post How Letting Go of the Past Changed My Life for the Better appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

Agree, Disagree? Habits Tend To Deaden Experience.

“Hence every thing, that is new, is most affecting, and gives us either more pleasure or pain, than what, strictly speaking, naturally belongs to it. When it often returns upon us, the novelty wears off; the passions subside; the hurry...Show More Summary

The New Psychology of Catching Liars

If you travel frequently, then you have probably endured more than one security screening interview at an airport. At passport control, for example, border agents ask a few questions, stare at your passport, check you on electronic databases, and then send you on your way.

5 Tips To Help Balance Your Life With Gratitude

A few years ago, when I was traveling through Thailand, I stopped to help an old lady pick up a box of apples that had been knocked off her stall. She smiled at me and said “I am grateful of you”. I am not sure if it was her broken English, or if these were […]

Portrait of an Obliger: William Shawn, Legendary Editor of The New Yorker

Of all the insights and observations that I make about the nature of habits and human nature in Better Than Before (at least I hope I make them), I’m most proud of my Four Tendencies framework. It was very, very hard to grasp this pattern...Show More Summary

7 Things That Shouldn’t Impress Us Anymore

Minimalism has changed me. What began as just a journey to own less stuff has changed the way I view myself and the world around me in significant ways. One of the most significant changes is my reevaluation of how society defines success. Too often, those who make and spend and keep the most resources […]

Lower Your Stress by Thinking About the Distant Future

Stress is one of the biggest complaints people have about their lives. People worry about money, work, and family. They are also dragged down by events that have happened in the recent past. A bad test grade can throw a student into a funk. A fight with a partner in the morning can affect the rest of the day. A missed sale at work can ruin a weekend.

Encourage Others: Why Criticism Fails Every Single Time

You can’t criticize your way to what you want. You can’t criticize your way to what you want. Not for yourself and not for anyone else. It turns out that criticism doesn’t work. Like, not at all. Not ever. Not even one little bit. Not even a minuscule amount. Show More Summary

When Divine guidance is wishy-washy or jerks you around

Two weeks ago Kyeli and I were driving home from yet another tour of yet another crappy apartment, when she said, “What the hell are we doing, Pace? We’re trying to check in with our hearts for guidance, but our hearts are telling us different things on different days: ‘Live near the water.’ ‘Don’t live […]

Losing My Job Was the Best Thing That Could Ever Have Happened

I had a great job. Had great bosses. Enjoyed what I did […] The post Losing My Job Was the Best Thing That Could Ever Have Happened appeared first on Change Your Life | The Change Blog.

Podcast: Getting More Sleep, Resisting Strong Temptations, and Why It’s OK To Be Boring

I’m very excited to announce the second episode of the new weekly podcast, “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.” One thing that makes this podcast especially fun is that I’m doing it with my sister the sage, Elizabeth Craft. So what will you...Show More Summary

Cultivating Awareness Into Everyday Life

Have you ever had one of those moments when you are driving along a familiar stretch of road and suddenly realise that you don’t actually remember the last 10 minutes, because you were so deeply in thought? I know that I have experienced this many times (which is a little unnerving to say the least!). […]

#297 Singing the national anthem in a big crowd

We start as strangers. Pushing into sweaty stadiums for the ballgame or splitting into opposites sides of the soccer pitch always feels like we’re getting ready to battle, getting ready to fight, and getting ready to cheer. Grab your flag, … Continue reading ?

“The Way We Live Our Days, What We Do at 10 A.M., Really Is the Way We Live Our Lives”

  Interview: Brigid Schulte. I’m fascinated by habits and happiness, so I’m very interested in how we can use our time wisely, get the most out of every day, include everything we value into our ordinary routine, and so on. So I was very interested to read journalist Brigid Schulte’s book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time. Show More Summary

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