Quiz: Are You an "Abstainer" or a "Moderator"?

A piece of advice I often see is, “Be moderate. Don’t have ice cream every night, but if you try to deny yourself altogether, you’ll fall off the wagon.

Pigeon of Discontent: No One Appreciates Me

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by the Pigeons of Discontent.

What Are the Small Treats You Give Yourself?

Assay: I've been thinking a lot lately about the importance of small treats, small pleasures. They're fun to experience, of course, and I think they also have a very important role to play in happiness.

Proposed Resolution: Do Something Every Day

One of my Secrets of Adulthood--perhaps counter-intuitively--is "It's often easier to do something every day than to do it some days." I post to my blog six days a week. I take notes every day. I write in my one-sentence journal every day.

5 Tips for Resisting Impulse Shopping

I just finished re-reading Paco Underhill’s fascinating book, Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping. (Note: the book has been updated, but I read the first edition, so that’s what I’m discussing here.)

Pigeon of Discontent: "I Waste Time on Mindless Things"

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we're also plagued by the Pigeons of Discontent.

Resolution: Cross a Finish Line

A common happiness hurdle is the arrival fallacy. We think that we'll be happy once we arrive at some destination: a new job, a new apartment, a promotion, whatever. But often, arriving doesn't make us as happy as we expect.

People Are Happier When They're Adding Positive Energy to Their Networks

Years ago, when I was just starting to blog, one of the first people I met from blogland was Ben Casnocha, who wrote a great blog about entrepreneurship, books, and ideas, and who was still in college (if I remember correctly) at the time.

What's Your Ten-Point Manifesto?

I love a good manifesto. I love Bob Sutton's manifesto about work, and Madame X's manifesto about money, and Frank Lloyd Wright's manifesto for his apprentices.

What's Your "Pigeon of Discontent"? Please Say!

Each week this year, I'm posting a video about some Pigeon of Discontent that a reader has raised in the comments. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we're also plagued by the Pigeons of Discontent.

Today's Resolution: Feel Grateful for the Basics

It seems to be behaving itself now, and I am so happy!

When I Feel Stuck or Stumped, I Go for a Stroll

I'm a huge fan of Jonah Lehrer's work—and there's a lot of it, because he's insanely prolific—and I'm tremendously interested in the subjects he covers both in his books and in his writings for periodicals like the Wall Street Journal.

Pigeon of Discontent: I Don't Know How I Want My Home To Look

This week's Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: "I don't know how I want my home to look."

How to Clear Clutter and Be More Festive, in One Stroke

I hit on a solution that allowed me to satisfy several resolutions, all meant to make my home more homey, in one stroke.

Find a "Comfort Food" for Your Mind

One common happiness question is: How do you give yourself a boost? If you're feeling anxious, blue, angry, scared, what can you do to soothe yourself?

Happiness...at the United Nations

I spent part of my day over at the United Nations, at a conference on "Wellbeing and Happiness".

To Do: Take a Vacation

Good-bye! I'm off for a week's vacation. Do you ever feel as if it's more work to take a holiday than it would be just to stay home in your usual routine? I'm in that stage right now, but I know I'll be happy once vacation starts.

On the To-Do List: Watch for Moments of Transcendence

In books, movies, plays, television, my favorite scenes are often moments of transcendence—when, in the muddle of existence, characters somehow manage to break through everything to engage with each other, and with higher values.

I Feel Thankful for Trials That Give Me Perspective

Years ago, when I started out out as a blogger, I heard about a popular blog by Stephanie Nielson called the "The NieNie Dialogues."

Overwhelmed? 9 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Home Feeling Serene and Organized

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about—you guessed it!—how to be happier at home. Here are a few very simple suggestions.

I Put Off Making Difficult Phone Calls

This week's Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: "I put off making difficult phone calls."

My Latest Resolution: Clean While I Cook

I've cribbed some of my favorite resolutions from other people, and when a thoughtful reader posted that one of her resolutions is to "Clean while I cook," I immediately decided to adopt that for my own.

At Some Point Every Day, You Have to Say, 'No More Work'

I'm a big fan of John Tierney's science column, Findings, in the New York Times. And I'm even a bigger fan of his new book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.

I Can't Get Rid of My Stuff

This week's Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: "I can't get rid of my stuff."

Want to Boost Your Self-Esteem? Throw Away Someone Else's Trash

You get healthy self-esteem from behaving in ways that you yourself find estimable.

The Most Ordinary Moments Are the Ones that Are the Most Transcendent

That's perspective. That's the dividend of experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

How Do I Avoid Being Dragged Down By Difficult People?

This week's Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: "How do I avoid being dragged down by difficult people?"

Revealed! The Book Jacket for Happier At Home

One of the most important steps in publishing a book is designing the book jacket.

Celebrate Leap Day, or Any Other Minor Holiday

One of my resolutions is to Celebrate holiday breakfasts. However, I've realized, that resolution should actually be framed as a subset of more general resolution, something like Celebrate minor holidays or Find occasions for festivity.

Every Day Needs A Party

Much of his work is about happiness—how to find the work, location, and situation that's most likely to suit you and allow you to be as happy as you can be. I was very interested to hear how he thought about happiness, himself.

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