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Secret of Adulthood: Most Decisions Don’t Require Extensive Research.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   Agree, disagree? Whether or not research is required, some people love to do research. A desire to do extensive research may be related to whether you’re a satisficer or a maximizer, or where you fit in the Four Rubin Tendencies of Upholder, Questioner, Rebel, or Obliger. (Yes, for lack of a better label, I’m calling …


Have You Ever Been Stuck Between Two Options, and Unable to Decide?

I love teaching stories–parables from the Bible, Zen stories, paradoxes, Aesop’s fables, koans. That’s one reason that I now use my weekly video to tell a story. One such story is the story of “Buridan’s ass.” In it, an ass stands between two identical piles of hay, and unable to find a reason to choose one pile over the other, …


Want an Exercise Routine You’ll Stick To? Ask Yourself These 11 Questions.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or Quiz Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: Want an exercise routine you’ll stick to? Ask yourself these eleven questions. When I ask people what they’d like to do for their own happiness projects, they often say something like, “Exercise more regularly.” Exercise is very important for health and mood, and everyone knows this–and yet …


7 Tips for Making Happy Decisions about How to Spend Your Time, Energy, and Money.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 7 tips for making happy decisions about how to spend your time, energy, and money. We all have to make decisions about how to spend our time, energy, and money. Because of my happiness project, I now explicitly ask myself, “Will this decision make me happier?” I’m determined to get the most happiness …


Trying to Make a Tough Decision? Try Asking the Five Fateful Questions.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: the 5 fateful questions to ask yourself if you’re trying to make a tough decision. When I’m reluctant to take a risk or face something uncomfortable, I ask myself these five questions which, in melodramatic form, I call the “Five Fateful Questions.” They help me think clearly about a situation. What am I …