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Lost Your Keys Again? 8 Tips for Finding Misplaced Objects.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: 8 tips for finding misplaced objects. Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible,” and I’m often struck by how much happiness I get from making improvements in small, …


Secret of Adulthood: Focus Not on Having Less or Having More, But on Wanting What You Have.

Further Secrets of Adulthood: I write about this subject throughout Happier at Home, especially in the chapter on “Possessions.”       If you’re reading this post through the daily email, click here to join the conversation. And if you’d like to get the daily blog post by email, sign up here.


Secret of Adulthood: There’s an Important Difference Between Something that Isn’t Used and Something That’s Useless.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   I remind myself of this, so that in my zeal to clear clutter, I don’t get rid of things that I do love; even if I never do use them, they aren’t necessarily useless.  (Take this quiz to see if you suffer from clutter mentality.) I write about this issue at some length in Happier …


Secret of Adulthood: Keep It Simple–But Not Too Simple.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   I often have to remind myself of this Secret of Adulthood. I have a tendency to want to sweep everything away, to toss out, to throw everything overboard, in order to simplify my life. But, I remind myself, many of the things that make me happiest are things that complicate my life. I tell myself: …


Want To Have More Fun? Go On a Mission.

Writer Jean Stafford scoffed, “Happy people don’t need to have fun,” but in fact, studies show that the absence of feeling bad isn’t enough to make you feel good; you must strive to find sources of feeling good. Research shows that regularly having fun is a key factor in having a happy life; people who have fun are twenty times …