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Story: The Things That Go Wrong Often Make the Best Memories.

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: The things that go wrong often make the best memories. Can’t see the video? Click here. Have you ever had something go very wrong–which …


Do You Have the Most Vivid Memories from Your Life from Age 15 to 25?

I don’t have much time to write, because I’m leaving for L.A. in an hour–I’m going to be on The Talk on Tuesday, which will be a lot of fun. Tune in! I’ll also get to see my sister and her family, which will be a real treat. I was very intrigued by this observation in Jennifer Senior’s piece in …


One Thing I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self.

Last week, as part of my book tour, I visited San Francisco. I had a free afternoon, so I walked from my hotel to my old apartment (pictured), where I lived for about a year before I went to law school. As I walked there, I tried to remember the details of my life in San Francisco. I have no …


“For 25 Hours Each week…No Email. No Phone. I Don’t Make Anything.”

Happiness interview: Joshua Foer. I became intrigued with Josh Foer’s bestselling book, Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything,  because it’s a kind of “memory project.” As a consequence of researching memory, Josh started doing memory training and ended up competing in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Memory is extraordinarily important to happiness, and I was …


“The Present Is Enriched by the Past and the Future.”

“We are made happy in the present moment not only by our actual delights but also by our hopes, our reminiscences. The present is enriched by the past and the future.” –Émilie du Châtelet, “Discourse on Happiness,” Selected Philosophical and Scientific Writings * I loved the images on this post about Beloved Street Art on Laurie Smithwick’s Upside Up, and …