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Tips, Tips, and More Tips about Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions.

For all of you who make New Year’s resolutions — it’s Day #2! How’s it going? In case you need a little help making and keeping your resolutions, I’m re-posting a round-up of many posts about resolution-keeping. Note: Some of you are thinking, “If making some resolution is important to me, sure, I’ll make and keep it, but I don’t …


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 …


Do You Prefer to Aim Big or Aim Small?

With any kind of happiness project or habits change, we need to figure out what kind of change at which to aim. For instance, I think it’s important to be very concrete and specific about what you’re asking of yourself:  “Plan lunch with a friend once a week” instead of “Have more fun.” Along the same lines, research suggests that …


Why I’m Trying to Explain Less.

I’m trying to curb a bad tendency in myself–the tendency to explain myself in a tiresome way. Perhaps it’s my status as an Upholder, but I really hate to let people down, to make a mistake, to screw up. Some people can let small slip-ups slide off easily, but they really bother me. And so whenever I have a justification …


How Will You Make Your Own Summer? I Plan To Read for Pleasure.

Yesterday was the last day of school for my two daughters. They wore special outfits, I took pictures, lots of excitement. The last day of school is always bittersweet to me; it’s fun to head into the summer, but it’s always a little sad that another year is over. I’m always reminded that “The days are long, but the years …