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Secret of Adulthood: Don’t Wait Until You Have Some Free Time.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   I have to remind myself that leisure is an activity that I have to put on my schedule — it’s not just the time that’s left over, when I have nothing else to do. Because I always have something else to do. How about you? Do you ever struggle to keep time free? If you’re …


How Will You Make Your Own Summer? I Plan To Read for Pleasure.

Yesterday was the last day of school for my two daughters. They wore special outfits, I took pictures, lots of excitement. The last day of school is always bittersweet to me; it’s fun to head into the summer, but it’s always a little sad that another year is over. I’m always reminded that “The days are long, but the years …


Secret of Adulthood: What’s Fun for Other People May Not Be Fun for You–and Vice Versa.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   This sounds so obvious, but it was a huge revelation for me. Even now, I have to remind myself that people go skiing because they honestly want to go skiing, not because they are made from a sterner moral fiber than I am. I explore this at some length in Happier at Home. Be Gretchen! …


The Happiness Lesson from the Finale of the TV Show “The Office.”

My daughters and I are huge fans of the TV show, The Office (the American version). We have the DVDs, we’ve watched every episode several times, and they get funnier each time. Now, admittedly, you may question the wisdom of allowing an eight-year-old to watch the show. But I always watch with her, and I skip through the inappropriate parts. …


Consider the Three Levels of Fun: Challenging, Accommodating, and Relaxing Fun.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. Here’s a mystery. We spend a huge amount of time with TV. Watching TV is probably the world’s most popular pastime and is the greatest use of time, after sleeping and work. In the United States, people spend more than four hours a day watching TV. Watching great television …