5 Questions To Ask Yourself About Your New Year’s Resolution

It’s fun to think about New Year’s resolutions, and I always make them (in fact, I make resolutions throughout the year). If my happiness project has convinced me of anything, it has convinced me that resolutions—made right—can make a huge difference in boosting happiness.

Announcement! Join the 21 Day Relationship Challenge

For many people, I’ve noticed, the element of Happier at Home that resonates most is the discussion of relationships.

The Best Way to Get a Lift Is To Help Someone

She has so many interesting things to say, especially about the relationship between happiness and work.

Why I’m Adding Holiday Smells to My Holiday Decorations

For "Happier at Home" I adopted a resolution that has become one of my very favorite: Cultivate good smells. I’ve become enchanted with the power and pleasure of the sense of smell.

Trying To Resist Holiday Temptations? 7 Tips for Abstainers

Everywhere you go, you face cookies, candy, booze, and snacks and treats of every kind. While this creates a festive atmosphere, it can also lead to a lot of anxiety and/or guilt in those of us trying to resist temptation.

Revealed! The Happiness Project Book Club Picks for December

Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, I’ve started a book club (of sorts).

14 Writing Tips from Anne Lamott

What strategies for writing have you found to be helpful? Or for getting yourself to sit down and work on any big project?

A Very Big Question. What’s Your Answer?

If, by the end of 2013, you could magically change one aspect of your life, what would you change?

8 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Relatives

You can’t change what your difficult relatives are going to do; you can only change yourself. But when you change, a relationship changes.

Why I Treat Myself Like a Toddler

I remember reading somewhere that writer Anne Lamott thinks about herself in the third person, to take better care of herself: “I’m sorry, Anne Lamott can’t accept that invitation to speak; she’s finishing a book so needs to keep her schedule clear.

I Cut Out Every Unnecessary Thing

I “met” (virtually) Rebekah through a mutual friend, and I was thrilled to read her post yesterday, on the New York Times blog At War, about how Happier at Home was helpful to her during reintegration: Finding home again after deployment.

Feeling Resentful? 6 Hard Facts About Shared Work

Resentment comes when you feel angry that you’ve been treated unfairly. But what is “fair” when deciding who should do what work?

If I Meditate, I Have More Steady Energy

An interview with Priscilla Gilman author of "The Anti-Romantic Child: A Memoir of Unexpected Joy."

12 Tips for a Happier Home

One of my resolutions is to treat myself like a toddler. I’ve found that much of the advice aimed at children is just as helpful for me.

Why Hurricane Sandy Made Me Think of Churchill

I live in New York City, and the destruction in this region wrought by Hurricane Sandy is devastating.

I Challenge You to Walk for 20 Minutes

I wanted to do a happiness interview with Cheryl Strayed after I read her fascinating memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. In her twenties, at a time when she felt as though she had nothing more to lose, Cheryl hiked solo along the Pacific Crest Trail for 1100 miles.

Reminds Me Just How Good I’ve Really Got It

A book like Will Schwalbe's raises many questions about happiness, so I was eager to interview him about his thoughts on the subject.

13 Tips for Being Happy in Your New Home

I’ve heard that a lot of people are giving Happier at Home as a gift to someone with a new home–recent grad, new roommate, newlywed, newly divorced, empty nester, downsizer, upsizer, new baby, new city.

Do You Share the Compulsion to Take Notes?

On taking notes and organization.

Does Waiting in a Line Drive You Crazy?

I’m a very impatient person, and standing in a slow-moving line is one of those very small, maddening aspects of life that drives me crazy.

To Live Happily Ever After on a Daily Basis

I can’t even remember how I made a connection with Dani and her site, Positively Present–”positive personal development, with a focus on seeking out positivity and living in the present moment.”

One Thing I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Last week, as part of my book tour, I visited San Francisco. I had a free afternoon, so I walked from my hotel to my old apartment (pictured), where I lived for about a year before I went to law school.

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.