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Which of These 8 Types Describes You, as You Relate to Your Environment?

Every Wednesday is List Day, Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Which of these 8 types describes how you relate to your physical environment? I’ve been reading Brian Little’s interesting book, Me, Myself, and Us: the Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being. Among other things, he discusses various  frameworks for understanding people’s different traits. I’d never heard …


Feeling Blue? Consider the Beauty of Nature.

One common happiness challenge is: How do you give yourself a boost when you’re feeling blue? Or when you’re past the point of feeling blue, and are feeling deeply unhappy? One refuge is to consider the beauty of nature. Nature is impersonal, awe-inspiring, elegant, eternal. It’s geometrically perfect.  It’s tiny and gigantic. You can travel far to be in a …


I Love Lists. Such as This List about What Gives Objects “Life.”

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day. This Wednesday: Do you agree with these 15 fundamental properties of “life” in objects? In The Phenomenon of Life, vol. 1: The Nature of Order, Christopher Alexander asks, “Can we find any recurrent geometrical structural features whose presence in things correlates with their degree of life?” He identifies fifteen features that appear …


“I Challenge You to Walk for 20 Minutes and Not Feel Better by the End of It.”

Happiness interview: Cheryl Strayed. I wanted to do a happiness interview with Cheryl Strayed after I read her fascinating memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. In her twenties, at a time when she felt as though she had nothing more to lose, Cheryl hiked solo along the Pacific Crest Trail for 1100 miles. She was …


“Wilderness Became a Dream of Privacy, Safety, Control, and Freedom.”

“I turned with growing concentration to Nature as a sanctuary and a realm of boundless adventure; the fewer people in it, the better. Wilderness became a dream of privacy, safety, control, and freedom.” — E.O Wilson, Naturalist I highly recommend Wilson’s memoir, Naturalist — the fascinating story of how he found his life’s work. I’ll never see ants the same …