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What Andre Agassi Can Teach Us About Habits, Happiness–and Ourselves.

For yesterday’s weekly quotation, I quoted from tennis star Andre Agassi’s autobiography, Open. It’s a fascinating book, on many levels (and I say that as someone who has no interest in tennis). I’m always particularly interested when something sheds light on habits or happiness, and as I read the book, several observations stuck out at me. First, Andre Agassi is …


Story: Guess–Who Never Confuses Identical Twins?

This week’s video story:    I’m talking about One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I’ve Learned about Everyone’s Struggle to Be Singular by my friend Abigail Pogrebin. I’ve always been fascinated (and a little envious) about the relationship between identical twins. If you want to learn more about the book, check out the book trailer …


Feeling Lonely? Consider Trying These 7 Strategies.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: 7 tips for battling loneliness. One major challenge within happiness is loneliness.  The more I’ve learned about happiness, the more I’ve come to believe that loneliness is a terrible, common, and important obstacle to consider. According to Elizabeth Bernstein’s recent Wall Street Journal piece, Alone or Lonely, …


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 …


What John Gregory Dunne Said on the Night Before He Died.

In Joan Didion’s haunting memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, she recounts her experiences in the year after her husband John Gregory Dunne died, and the year her daughter Quintana died. She writes that the night Dunne died, or the night before: “‘He said that his current piece in The New York Review, a review of Gavin Lambert’s biography of …