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Can the Simple Act of Making a List Boost Your Happiness?

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Can the simple act of making a list boost your happiness? When I was in college, I took a class on the culture of Heian Japan,  and the one and only thing I remember about that subject is The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. This strange, brilliant …


Story: My Sister Wasn’t Sorry To See Me Go, But She Was Glad I Came.

For the weekly videos, I now tell a story. I’ve realized that for me, and I think for many people, a story is what holds my attention and makes a point most powerfully. This week’s story: My sister wasn’t sorry to see me go–but she was glad I came.   Can’t see the video? Click here. What does this story …


A Trip to the Pediatrician’s Office Reminded Me of This Important Truth.

This week, I took both my daughters to the pediatrician for their annual check-ups. I was a little late, but the need to turn in camp health forms got me to schedule the appointments, finally. As I walked out of the second appointment this morning, I found myself thinking, “Good! That’s another thing to cross off my to-do list.” But …


Story: What Am I Really Complaining About?

For the weekly videos, I now tell a story. I’ve realized that for me, and I think for many people, a story is what holds my attention and makes a point most powerfully. This week’s story: What am I really complaining about?   This story reminds me of what Mindy Kaling said in her happiness interview (yes, that’s right, I …


On Awaiting the Arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

I live in New York City, and we’re waiting for Hurricane Sandy to hit. The wind and rain will get bad today, and the storm surge–that’s the real threat to the city–will be at its highest tonight. Usually I dismiss dire weather warnings (especially a hurricane with the mild-mannered name of “Sandy”–really?), but when I heard that the mass transit …