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Accessing Authenticity

Authenticity’s appeal is obvious, but how does a person even go about being fully authentic, anyway? Here are three tips to get started.

Three Steps to Say “No” Gracefully

It can be really hard to say no. Despite my best attempts not to care what other people think of me, I still find myself wanting to be liked.

How to Get Better at Achieving Your Goals

Setting goals is, at its core, about behavior change.

The Real Reason We Get Annoyed with Our Partners

When we feel hooked and irrational or harshly judgmental about someone else’s shortcomings, rather than empathetic or compassionate? We are probably projecting.
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The New Sex Talk: 3 Tips to Get You Started

Times have changed, and so has how we talk to our kids about sex.

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Make a New Year’s Resolution

My fantasy is that January 1st will be THE day we launch headlong into our new-and-improved lives. I LOVE a fresh start, and there's nothing fresher than the start of a new year.

9 Ways to Ease Overwhelm

Ever feel like you are constantly drinking from a firehose of information? We have more information coming at us than ever before.
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5 Tips for Living a More Authentic Life

It is far better to be ourselves and risk having people not like us than to suffer the stress and tension that comes from pretending to be someone we’re not.
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Want to Be Successful? Spend More Time Staring Into Space

Think about the last time you had a great idea or solved a problem that had been plaguing you—were you in the shower?
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Are You a People Pleaser?

People often ask me what the secret to happiness is. My response is that the most important thing for happiness is living truthfully.
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How to Only Do Things You Actually Want to Do

Can you remember the last time your to-do list was short enough to be, well, do-able? How about the last time you looked at your list and actually wanted to do everything on it?
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Feeling Entitled to a Little Gratitude This Mother’s Day?

Here’s an icky confession: Since becoming a mother, I have dreaded Mother’s Day.

You Will Never Find Work-Life Balance

Your work and your personal life do not amount to a zero-sum game, where more of one means you’re compromising the other.
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3 Surprising Ways to Feel More Loved

Are you focused on romantic love this Valentine’s Day? You’re missing an opportunity! Building stronger connections with others can lead to happiness, health and fulfillment.
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Five Steps to End Your Email Addiction

Many of my clients spend most of their waking existence monitoring their email and social media feeds. Sound familiar? 5 steps to help you check less, but work—and play—more.
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Are You Setting the Right Goals?

Hundreds of studies have shown that goal setting is a way to improve performance as well as happiness and well-being.
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3 New Year’s Resolutions to Make You Happier

Make the right resolution this year. Pick one that research shows will make you happier! Three good ones here.
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5 Ways to Say No When You Really Need To

Saying “yes” to invitations, favors, and requests when we mean “no” is a recipe for overwhelm and exhaustion.

20 Questions to Ask This Holiday Season

Our friends and family know what to expect when they come to our house for a meal: Jeffersonian conversations. Thomas Jefferson seated all his guests at one table for dinner, where he asked each guest a single question for all to hear…no side conversations or small-talk allowed. Sounds rigid, but these sorts of dinners are FUN over the holidays.

3 Surprising Ways to Feel Less Busy

Although people tell me all the time they like feeling busy — perhaps because it makes them feel important and significant — I’m not buying it. Would you ever choose busyness over a more relaxed form of productivity?

3 Steps to Finding Your Flow

Athletes call this mental state being in “The Zone”; psychologists call it “flow” or peak experience, and they have linked it to leading a life of happiness and purpose.

The 3 Essential Pieces of an Effective Apology

People make mistakes all the time. Not just bad people, or weak people. All people. Our mistakes are what make us human. And even when we don’t think that we’ve made a mistake, other people will often find errors in our ways. We human beings are walking offenders.
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8 Ways to Achieve More by Working Less

Strategic slacking has enabled me to dramatically increase both the quality of my work and the amount I get done in a given day. It increases productivity because we don't think or work or create at the same rate throughout the day.

3 Risks You Should Be Ready to Take to Fall in Love

Love feels magical and biological—something that just happens to us, something beyond our control. Research shows, however, that love is better thought of as behavioral—or even transactional.

Don’t Fool Yourself: Use Technology Intentionally

Social media can stress us out—or help us feel love and connection. The key is to understand their impact and use them strategically.

Want Success and Happiness? Be Divergent, Not Perfect

We will not find our groove by conforming to unrealistic ideals or outdated stereotypes. To find our groove, we must allow ourselves to be complex and divergent -- our authentic, balanced selves.

Five Foolproof Ways to Feel More Joy in 2015

These first few weeks in January are a precious time for getting ourselves on a path toward more joy in the year ahead. But that can be a surprisingly tricky task--too often, we pursue happiness in ways that don’t actually bring us greater joy, fulfillment, or satisfaction. So how do we set out on the right path?

The 3 Most Important Things for Keeping Resolutions

More than half of people who make New Year’s resolutions give up on them by June. Don’t join this failing 50% in 2015! Instead, follow these three research-based strategies for making resolutions that stick.

3 Simple Ways to Deal with a Difficult Person

We are all just looking for love and approval. This holiday season, the greatest gift we can give a difficult person—and ourselves—is to accept them fully, with love.

Why Happiness Is the Wrong Pursuit

On some abstract level, we know that money and other outward signs of success won’t ultimately make us happy—perhaps because we know wealthy or famous or powerful people who are deeply unhappy—but on another level, we don’t really believe it... or at least we don’t believe it applies to us.