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Tips, Tips, and More Tips about Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions.

For all of you who make New Year’s resolutions — it’s Day #2! How’s it going? In case you need a little help making and keeping your resolutions, I’m re-posting a round-up of many posts about resolution-keeping. Note: Some of you are thinking, “If making some resolution is important to me, sure, I’ll make and keep it, but I don’t …


Before and After: Use the Accountability of Weight Watchers and a Personal Trainer.

I’m writing my next book, Before and After, about how we make and break habits–an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I’ll post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story, contact me here. This week’s story …


“No Matter How Good One’s Sentiments May Be…”

“No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one’s sentiments may be, if one has not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one’s character may remain entirely unaffected for the better.” – William James, Psychology: The Briefer Course This observation is very important to the study of habits. No matter …


Do You Prefer to Aim Big or Aim Small?

With any kind of happiness project or habits change, we need to figure out what kind of change at which to aim. For instance, I think it’s important to be very concrete and specific about what you’re asking of yourself:  “Plan lunch with a friend once a week” instead of “Have more fun.” Along the same lines, research suggests that …


The Disappearance of This New York Icon Made Me a Little Sad.

I was so sad–quite disproportionately sad–when I read that after forty-two years, the Metropolitan Museum has decided to discontinue the use of its medal admissions tags. The price of the tin got too high. I’ve always loved those metal admission buttons; I loved their changing colors, the nice feeling of bending the tin in my fingers, the feeling of satisfaction …