7 Things I Learned About Myself, from Getting a Dog

To live a happier, healthier, more productive life, I’ve learned, is less about learning new things and more about putting the things we already know into action.

A Lesson in Happiness and Love I Learned From Rob Lowe

I love this story, because it’s a great example of how sometimes we can be generous by taking.

Do You Text While Driving?

About one quarter of car accidents involve the use of a smart phone.

September is the Other January - Time for a New Start

Summer is over, and the fall brings fresh beginnings and new possibilities.

Outer Order Contributes to Inner Calm

A good clutter-clearing makes me feel more energetic, more creative, and more in command of myself.

Are You Haunted by Reading People’s Final Journal Entries

What practices help you to remember to be grateful for your ordinary day?

Why Going to a Podcasting Conference Made Me Happier

When you’re deciding whether or not to do something, do you explicitly consider the effect it will have on your happiness?

My College Roommate Sent Me a Sketch of Myself

It’s funny, though, what can unleash a memory.

How Do You Feel About Gifts?

How about you? How do you feel about gifts?

Butter Scraped Over Too Much Bread

What do you do, when you need to restore yourself?

What Did Flannery O’Connor Pray For?

We’ve all waited and hoped for a “happy meeting” to occur.

Secrets of Adulthood: Remember to Go Outside

It’s both energizing and calming to be outside.

A Memoir and a List of Loopholes Used to Justify Drinking

Do you have a favorite loophole, that you find yourself turning to most often?

Do You Keep a Contented Heart? I Work at This.

One of my most frequent faults is fretfulness...

Secrets of Adulthood...

Agree, disagree?

Lessons From Happiness and Habits to Help Me Buy a Backpack

Some people love finishing, and some people love opening—both literally and figuratively.

Why We Shouldn’t Reward Ourselves for Good Habits

In large part because the lesson is: be very wary of using rewards to master habits!

What My Husband Taught Me About Unpacking

When I was younger, I followed the “unpack as necessary” approach. I’d leave my suitcase open on the floor, and take out things as I needed them...it took a few days to empty the suitcase.

Secret of Adulthood: Accept Ourselves...

We must strive to know ourselves, and accept the truth about ourselves.

What One Thing Is Most Important?

Agree, disagree? How would you fill in the blank?

Have You Ever Felt a “Call” to Do a Certain Kind of Work?

A call means no choice — or at least, great pain in making another choice.

Sometimes, You Have to Work Hard to Be Lazy

I’ve learned that if something is important to me, I should find a way to put it on my calendar.

How Negativity Can Poison Your Relationships

Not “interviewing for pain” seems to me to be excellent advice for dealing with children–and also adults.

Secret of Adulthood: Lose Yourself to Find Yourself.

Sometimes we have to lose our way in order to find our way.

How Does a Rebel Change Habits?

I love it when people tell me about their ingenious ways of working with their Tendency, in order to change their habits.

Something Becomes Important Because We’re Paying Attention

It’s our listening that makes a conversation important; it’s our vision that makes a masterpiece; it’s our love that makes a face stand out from the crowd.

Are Souls Like Athletes...

The seven storey mountain is the mountain of Purgatory that must be climbed to reach Paradise.

Want to Change a Habit?

I truly do believe that it’s possible for us to change our habits—even when we’ve failed before.

I Had a Very Odd Experience at the Gym

For a moment, I was someone different. Not very different, but different nevertheless.

Are You Unnecessarily Severe with Yourself and Your Habits?

Although I have so many strategies and ideas that I’ve identified to help people master their habits, to my surprise, I frequently find myself making the case against changing a habit.