I Want to Make Time for Fun

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 I Learned About Myself From Steve Martin

Last week, I read Steve Martin’s memoir of his time learning and doing stand-up comedy, Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life. I loved it.

7 Tips for Good Behavior—From the 16th Century

One thing is true about happiness: there are very few new truths out there. The greatest minds in history have turned their attention to the subject...

Giving Deserved Praise

One of the most exquisite of pleasures, and one that’s too often overlooked, is the joy of giving well-deserved praise.

Do You Make Time to "Treat" Yourself? You Should

I was very interested to see the range of “treats” people identified in the comments, and I got some good ideas for myself.

Happiness Without a Good Work Ethic Is Pretty Impossible

Hugh is a cartoonist with a wildly popular blog, gapingvoid. He is the master of capturing a large idea in a single drawing, and a great deal of his work focuses on happiness

7 Tips for Giving Gold Stars (From a Gold Star Junkie)

Oh, I’m a gold star junkie. I always want to see those gold stars stuck to the top of my homework. I crave praise, appreciation, recognition.

Pigeon of Discontent: "I Say Yes; I Want To Say No"

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.

Secrets Revealed: A Simple (Lazy?) Way to Solve a Difficult Problem

Over the weekend, I re-read Bertrand Russell’s The Conquest of Happiness. It’s all about happiness (no surprise), but in an aside, Russell explains how he solves difficult intellectual issues.

"Happiness Shouldn't Be Associated with Guilt"

Happiness interview: Jenny Lawson, also known as The Bloggess.

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.

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