Have You Ever Been Made Happier by a “Modest Splurge?”

I remind myself that sometimes, it makes me happy to indulge in a modest splurge—to buy something that I don’t absolutely need, but that makes my day brighter in some way.

Are You Clutter-Blind? Or Do You Know Someone Who Is?

The fact is, very often, people in a couple or in a group have different levels of tolerance for clutter, and the ones with the least tolerance end up doing the most tidying...

Are You a Worrier? Three Tips to Worry Less

Are you a “worrier”? Have you found some good strategies to manage your worrying?

Why It Doesn’t Matter Much Whether You’re a Man or a Woman

But in general, in my observation, for any particular person, individual differences swamp gender differences.

Take a Look at These Signs

Here are some signs that have definite special appeal to one particular Tendency.

There Is in This World No Function More Important

Though I must say, it seems to be slightly overstating the case to say that there’s no function more important than being charming.

Be Selfless, If Only for Selfish Reasons...

This is a variation of my Second Splendid Truth about Happiness.

Always Late? 9 Tips for Overcoming Chronic Lateness.

Many people have the habit of constantly running late — and they drive themselves, and other people, crazy.

Lonely? 5 Habits to Consider to Combat Loneliness.

Loneliness feels draining, distracting, and upsetting; desired solitude feels peaceful, creative, restorative.

Why I Decided to Let Myself Take the Elevator

And I stood there, I was thinking about exercise, habits, excuses, convenience, and the advice of every exercise-habit-expert in the world...

Don’t Fall for the Common Habits Myth!

What is this myth? It’s the myth that there’s a magic, one-size-fits-all solution for habit change.

Want to Make 2016 a Happier Year?

I divided the year into twelve categories — each month, I worked on a different area of my life where I wanted to make myself happier.

7 Tips for Helping Someone Else to Change a Habit

We can have a lot of influence on other people’s habits.

Today I Overcame One of My Annoying Habits

Those little tasks, left undone, that drain my energy...

Agree? There are 3 Main Avenues to Meaning in Life

Reading these lines reminds me of another post in which I quoted Frankl–which may be one of the best posts I ever wrote.

Do You Hate New Year’s Resolutions?

Even long-standing habits can be fragile.

A Fun Way to Make a New Year’s Resolution

For the last several years, I’ve identified one idea, summarized in just one word, as an overarching theme for the entire year.

Determined to Keep Your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions?

Most of us have a list of things we’d like to do better — and very often, those things involve habits.

5 Quick and Easy Habits That Will Strengthen Your Relations

Habits are freeing and energizing because they get us out of the draining, difficult business of making decisions and using our self-control.

3 Bad Habits that I Use with My Puppy.

Do you have any habits that you swore you wouldn’t have, before you got a dog? Any tips for me?

What Do You Do With Holiday Cards?

Holiday cards are a tradition that helps to keep social bonds going. And it makes us happier to be reminded of the people who are important to us.

Have You Ever Lost Your Love for Something?

Have you ever left behind one activity or subject you loved?

I Can Barely Say a Word

Have you ever lost your voice? How did the silence and the listening affect you?

Those Who Are Not Grateful...

A great reminder to stop and take a moment to be thankful.

Secrets of Adulthood: If You Can’t Find Something, Clean Up

Losing your keys is no big deal. But it sure feels like a big deal.

5 Things Oprah Taught Me about How to Give a Good Interview

Doing the interview was exciting on many levels, but among other things, I learned a lot about the interview process.

Do You Love the Excitement of Being Snowed In?

Drawing from May Sarton's writings on the subject of what makes home feel homey.

How I Do My Research: Is “Despite” Actually “Because?”

If I’m stumped by something I see, I substitute “because” for “despite,” and see if a proposition makes sense.

The 7 Basic Plots of Stories — Do You Have a Favorite?

If you’re a serious reader, it’s great to have a reliable source of recommendations

Would You Commit a Random Act of Kindness...

Have you signed the registry, or had a conversation about this issue?