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The Secret to Happiness, in Three Words, According to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

I had the chance to make a quick visit to my hometown of Kansas City yesterday. There was an event at which Justice O’Connor was interviewed, along with two of her clerks — one of whom was me. As always, I was so happy to see the Justice, and I was reminded of a conversation we had a few years …


Story: Everyday Life in Utopia.

This week’s video story: Everyday life in Utopia.   How I love this phrase! I want to tattoo it on my ankle, paint it on the wall above my desk, and wear it on a T-shirt. Everyday life in Utopia! This is my new motto. I’d told my daughter about the word “utopia” and what it meant. Some days later, …


Do You Accept These Paradoxes of Happiness?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Do you accept these paradoxes of happiness? I love a paradox. G  K. Chesterton wrote that “Paradox has been defined as ‘Truth standing on her head to get attention,’” and I find that an idea expressed in a paradox captures my attention with particular force. Here are …


Take a Look At These Fascinating Happiness-Related Word Clouds.

A thoughtful reader sent me the link to Michael Kelley’s piece, “Scientists Used Facebook for the Largest Ever Study of Language and Personality, about a fascinating study done by University of Pennsylvania researchers, “Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media.” They used 700 million words, phrases, and topic instances taken from Facebook, from 75,000 volunteers,  to analyze …


“The Fountain of Content Must Spring Up in the Mind.”

“The fountain of content must spring up in the mind…he who has so little knowledge of human nature, as to seek happiness by changing any thing but his own dispositions, will waste his life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the griefs which he purposes to remove.” – Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, No. 6 If you’re reading this post through the …