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The Secret to Happiness, in Three Words, According to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

I had the chance to make a quick visit to my hometown of Kansas City yesterday. There was an event at which Justice O’Connor was interviewed, along with two of her clerks — one of whom was me. As always, I was so happy to see the Justice, and I was reminded of a conversation we had a few years …


Secret of Adulthood: Pay Careful Attention to Anything You Try to Hide.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   As I’ve been studying habits, and how we make or break habits, I’ve been struck by the fact that we should pay special attention to any habit that we try to hide.  The desire to prevent family or co-workers from acting as witnesses—from seeing what’s on the computer screen or knowing how much time or …


“I Call That Voice the ‘Obnoxious Roommate Living in My Head.’”

Happiness interview: Arianna Huffington. I’ve followed Arianna Huffington’s fascinating career for years, and for several years I cross-posted my blog material on the site she launched, The Huffington Post, but it was only last week that I got the chance to meet her face to face. We were both speaking at a conference here in New York City, and got …


Quiz: Are You an Upholder, a Questioner, a Rebel, or an Obliger?

Every Wednesday is Quiz Day, or Tip Day, or List Day. This Wednesday:  Quiz: Are you an Upholder, a Questioner, a Rebel, or an Obliger?  In the course of writing my book about habit-formation, Before and After, I’ve come up with a character framework. (To hear when the book goes on sale, sign up here.) I have to say, I’m …


Want to Know Yourself Better, to Shape Your Habits Better? Take This Quiz.

Every Wednesday is Quiz Day, or Tip Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: Want to know yourself better, so you can shape your habits better? Did I mention that I’m working on a book about habit-formation? Oh right, maybe I did. It’s called Before and After (sign up here if you want to hear when the book goes on sale.) …