Why I Try To Do Some Things Every Day

The things you do every day take on a certain beauty, and provide a kind of invisible architecture to daily life.

Are You an Abstainer or a Moderator?

For the last week and a half, I’ve been traveling on my book tour for 'Happier at Home.' I love getting the chance to talk to so many people about happiness.

Knowing You Are Happy Without Feeling It?

Reading about J. K. Rowling’s new book The Casual Vacancy put me in the mood to re-read—for probably the eighth time—Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Some insights on being vs. feeling happy.

Grateful For the Tiniest Thing

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Heather King’s new book, Shirt of Flame: A Year With Saint Therese of Lisieux.

Do You “Numb” Yourself with TV, Internet, Work?

Last week, Brené Brown’s new book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Work, Parent, and Lead, hit the shelves.

Why Should You Read “Happier at Home”?

I have to admit, I love every book I’ve ever written. A writer friend said to me in a commiserating tone, “Don’t you hate looking back at your books? I do!” and I thought, “No, I’m my own biggest fan! I love my books.”

If You Could Make Big Progress in One Area by Year’s End, What Would You Pick?

A few times, on Facebook and Google+ and Twitter, I’ve posed the question: “If you could make significant progress in one area of your life by year’s end, what area would you choose?”

Don’t Train Yourself Like a Dog

These days, there’s quite an emphasis on appreciating the animal side of human nature. We’re cautioned to respect the power of our lizard brain, and to consider how we respond to stimuli in an instinctual way. We should train ourselves like a dog to improve our habits, say.

People Get So Immersed in Their Children’s Happiness That They Lose Sight of Their Own

Caren writes often about issues that touch on the subject of happiness, so I was interested to hear what she had to say.

5 Mistakes I Continue To Make in My Marriage

A friend told me that of everything I’ve written on this blog, this post was his favorite. So I decided to re-post it today, updated and expanded.

Can Refusing To Give Compliments Be an Act of Love?

My spiritual master is St. Therese of Lisieux, so when a thoughtful reader emailed me about Heather King’s 2011 memoir, Shirt of Flame: A Year with Saint Therese of Lisieux, I was thrilled—and astounded that I hadn’t heard about it yet.

Do You Have Any “Tells” That Show That You’re Feeling Stressed?

I really work on paying attention to the clues my self is giving myself. For instance, I think of myself in the third person. That allows me to manage myself better.

What Do I Know Now About Happiness? That I Can Make It Happen

I’ve met so many terrific people through the world of blogging, and one great friend is Sarah Bryden-Brown.

What Did Johnny Cash Write in His To-Do List?

I love lists in every form, whether by me or by other people.

I’m Very Happy, Today My Book Hits the Shelves, and It’s My Anniversary

I can’t quite believe this, but today is the publication day for my book. As of today, Happier at Home out in the world, available for sale at bookstores near you.

You Know What Detracts From Happiness? Rushing

I know the delightful Leah because Becky, one of her close friends growing up, was one of my college roommates.

Want To Be Happier At Home? 7 Reasons To Read My New Book

My new book, Happier at Home, comes out in less than a week, zoikes. So brace yourself, here comes some promotion!You’ve been warned.

Question: What Small Treats Do You Give Yourself?

By some odd coincidence, two readers emailed me to ask for the link to this post, an "Assay" about “small treats,” so I decided to re-post it today.

Fill In the Blank: _____ Is a Good Servant But a Bad Master

I love to collect variations on phrases: “X is the new Y,” “Forties are the new thirties,” “Halloween is the new Christmas.”

Find It Hard To Wake Up in the Morning? Try Stretching

Every morning, first thing, to help myself wake up (it is 6:00 a.m., after all), I spend a minute or so stretching. This isn’t a rigorous or carefully designed set of stretches

For Your Consideration: 7 Reasons to Read "Happier at Home"

My new book, Happier at Home, comes out in a few weeks—on my wedding anniversary, which seems auspicious for a book about happiness at home.

No Time for Something Important to You? Try Getting Up Earlier

Of all the changes in my daily routine wrought by my happiness project, one of the most fundamental is that I get up at 6 a.m., every day.

What's Your Favorite Line from a Children's Picture Book?

Recently, I made a list of some of my favorite lines from classic children’s picture books. This is my favorite kind of thing to do.

Why the Internet Makes Me Happy. Also Drives Me Crazy, But Makes Me Happy

People talk a lot about the happiness risks of the internet, such as how online shopping or celebrity news can suck away our time, or how Facebook can foster comparison with other people.

Tips for Handling Criticism

I have a very tough time being criticized, corrected, or accused—of even the smallest mistakes—and I react very angrily. I’ve wrestled this instinct under control in a professional context, more or less, but I have more trouble with it at home.

Happiness Is…a Good Book. So, a New Feature! A Book Club!

My favorite thing to do is to read. In fact, reading and writing are practically the only activities I truly love. Which is a bit sad, but true. Because I love reading so much, nothing makes me happier than recommending terrific books—so I’m starting a book club.

Try Not To Talk in a Mean Voice. Try Again. And Again

So much of my Happiness Project is aimed at helping me curb my very strong tendency to “talk in a mean voice” or “make a mean face” (which is how my daughters refer to this behavior). In a flash of irritation or anger, I snarl at my sweet daughters or my good-natured husband.

4 Important Ways to Show Love, Identified by Divorced People

Recently, the Wall Street Journal had an interesting piece by Elizabeth Bernstein on The Divorce’s Guide to Marriage.

Be Wary of the Goal of “Moderation,” Plus a Cocktail-Party Trick

Assay: I’ve been thinking a lot about moderation lately.

What Resolution (Successfully Kept) Would Make You Happiest?

On Fridays, I usually suggest a resolution for you to consider for your own happiness project–something like Make your bed or Imitate a spiritual master or Cultivate good smells.