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Monthly Archives: April 2010



Ask For Help – Buy the Book This Week.

One of my resolutions is to Ask for help. I don’t know why it’s so hard to follow this resolution, but it is – but I’m always surprised by how effective it is. I’m asking for your help with my book. If you’re inclined to buy The Happiness Project, whether for yourself or a friend, it would be a big …


Do You Buy Green? Refrain from Nagging? Embody Virtue? Better Watch Yourself!

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in — no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. One interesting aspect of human nature is our tendency to …


“Laughing, Using Facebook, Not Using my iPhone, and Remembering ‘This Is Just Now.’”

About a year ago, I met Amy Wilson through a mutual friend. She was working on a book that I thought sounded hilarious — and today, it hits the shelves! Just seeing the title made me want to read it: When Did I Get Like This?: The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be. …


Six Tips for Forcing Yourself to Tackle a Dreaded Task.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Six tips for forcing yourself to tackle a dreaded task. It’s a Secret of Adulthood: Happiness doesn’t always make me feel happy. Often, I know I’d be happier if I do something I really don’t feel like doing. Making that phone call. Dealing with tech support. Writing that email. Going to the gym. …


Weekly Video: Buy Some Happiness.

As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m going to start posting the videos for the 2010 Happiness Challenge separately, as their own posts, so look for the new video every Tuesday. In the past, I’ve been cramming too much material into the posts that included the videos. For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make …


Happiness: There’s No Place Like Home.

I’m home from vacation. We had a great time, but ah, it’s nice to be home! The return from vacation reminded me of a significant factor in happiness: the hedonic treadmill, or hedonic adaptation. People are adaptable. We quickly adjust to a new life circumstance — for better or worse — and consider it normal. Although this helps us when …