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Do You Fall for Any of These Common Clutter-Clearing Myths?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day (or Quiz Day or List Day). This Wednesday: Do you fall for any of these twelve myths about clutter? This post is back by popular demand. One of my great realizations about happiness (and a point oddly under-emphasized by positive psychologists) is that for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm. More, really, than …


“We Have Found That Almost Any Types of Acts of Kindness Boost Happiness.”

Happiness interview: Sonja Lyubomirsky. I got to know Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky through her work, which includes the fascinating book The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want (just the kind of book I love), and then I met her in person when we appeared together in this episode of the Katie Couric show. Now she …


10 Widespread Myths about Happiness — Do You Believe Any of These?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day (or List Day, or Quiz Day). This Wednesday: 10 myths about happiness — which do you believe? I’m leaving my desk for a few days, so in my absence, thought I’d re-post one of my favorite round-up pieces, about ten widespread myths about happiness. A while back, each day for two weeks, I posted about …


5 Common Happiness Mistakes — “Boosters” That Actually Do More Harm Than Good.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 5 happiness boosters that actually do more harm than good. Everyone has a few tricks for beating the blues – things you do when you’re feeling down to try to boost your mood. I’ve found out from long experience, however, that several of the most popular strategies don’t actually work very well in …