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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 …


Do You Still Consider September to be the Beginning of the New Year?

Even though I haven’t been in school for a long time, for me, September  marks the beginning of a new year.  Orange is the new black, breakfast is the new lunch, Monday is the new Thursday, pork is the other white meat, and September is the other January. (And yes, it’s still September, even though most schools start in August …


Why I’m Trying to Explain Less.

I’m trying to curb a bad tendency in myself–the tendency to explain myself in a tiresome way. Perhaps it’s my status as an Upholder, but I really hate to let people down, to make a mistake, to screw up. Some people can let small slip-ups slide off easily, but they really bother me. And so whenever I have a justification …


Pigeon of Discontent: I Don’t Know How To Start My Happiness Project.

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by those small but pesky Pigeons of Discontent. This week’s Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: “I don’t know how to start my happiness project.”   If you …


Chicagoans: Did a “Happiness Project” Change Your Life? Want To Be on National TV?

Do you live near Chicago? Has your life been changed by doing your own “happiness project”? Would you like to be on TV, on a nationally syndicated TV talk show? If the answer to all three questions is YES, drop me an email that briefly describes your experience, and I’ll forward it to the show’s producers. Good luck!