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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 …


“A Very Close Friend Says That I Am Not Type A, but AAA.”

Interview: Margaret Roach. I love reading accounts of other people’s happiness projects — whether it’s Thoreau moving to Walden Pond or Alisa Bowman working to save her marriage. So when I heard about Margaret Roach’s book, And I Shall Have Some Peace There: Trading in the Fast Lane for My Own Dirt Road, I couldn’t wait to get my hands …