"The Christmas Song" teaches a surprising lesson on having a joyous holiday season. The key isn't picture postcard perfection. What you really need is a little distance and a fuzzy focus to enjoy your holidays more.
People think of fairy tale weddings, fairy tale vacations and the like, moments when extraordinary events subsume ordinary life and define everything that comes later. But the truth is that enjoying the ordinary events you experience today may be the surest path to living happily ever after.
Being engaged in our work makes us better at what we do and contributes to our health and happiness. But are we doomed to feel disconnected from work if we lack good management and supportive coworkers? On the contrary, it turns out that much of what makes us engaged workers lies not in the job but in ourselves. You are only three challenges away from being more engaged.
Wasting time is as old as time itself. But as we learn more about the root causes of procrastination we are ultimately unlocking a formula to actually get stuff done - even when we don't particularly feel like it.
When Dear Abby, barking insults like a 1950s football coach, attacked a young woman for being overweight, she was doing more harm than she could imagine. Instead of being a great source of motivation, shame makes bad problems worse.
Seeing a situation like a child does means seeing without limits, boundaries, or self-censure. It means seeing without having internalized a lifetime's worth of lessons on what cannot be done. In short, it means the ability to see old things in an entirely new way. The good news is that the power of child-like thinking is still in you.
Should you set a goal to run a 10K or to get in better shape? Should you set a goal of gaining more money at work or gaining more respect? A few words makes all the difference between goals that make us happier and goals that frustrate us.