Want an Exercise Routine You’ll Stick To?

When I ask people what they’d like to do for their own happiness projects, they often say something like, “Exercise more regularly.” Exercise is very important for health and mood, and everyone knows this–and yet it’s often tough for people to stick to an exercise routine.

Want to Be Free From French Fries?

I’ve written a lot about abstainers vs. moderators. In a nutshell, the difference is: abstainers find it easier to resist temptation by giving up something altogether, while moderators find it easier to indulge in moderation.

Why a Mirror Can Make You Behave Better

Have you found ways to monitor yourself better–or to have better self-control, generally?

Almost Any Types of Acts of Kindness Boost Happiness

I frequently witness people reiterating one of the primary happiness “myths” – namely, that they’re not happy now, but they’ll be happy when the right partner or job comes along, when they have a baby, when they make more money, or move to that city they’ve always wanted to live in.

7 Reasons Why Photographs Can Boost Your Happiness

Photographs are such a joy, and I don’t know about you, but I’m much more focused on taking photographs now that cameras and phones have evolved to make taking photos so much easier. I used to begrudge the time that I spent on photos, but now I realize the role they can play in happiness.

The 21 Day Relationship Challenge Has Started!

Yesterday was Day #1 of the 21 Day Relationship Challenge–but don’t worry, if you sign up after this “official” start day, you’ll get the full 21 days worth of daily emails starting from whenever you sign up.

It Probably Won’t Make You Happy

Now, she has a terrific book coming out in a few days, on a subject of tremendous importance to happiness: friendship. Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree: a key to happiness, and probably the key to happiness, is strong bonds with other people.

A Mysterious Division of Animals

Time for something completely different. This is a list that appears in an essay by Jorge Luis Borges, “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins,” in Borges: Selected Non-Fictions.

Four Personality Types: Which One Are You?

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how different people respond to rules–and I use “rules” broadly (see below for examples) to mean any kind of instruction to do or not do something.

6 Simple Strategies to Pitch Your Ideas

One thing that causes a lot of consternation, at least in my life, is the need to present ideas in a short, catchy way–in what’s called an “elevator pitch,” because you’re supposed to be able to explain your entire big idea to someone while the two of you are in an elevator.

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.