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.

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