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Do You Make Excuses For Yourself Based on the “One-Coin Argument”? I Do.

I love paradoxes, parables, koans, aphorisms, fables, Secrets of Adulthood, and teaching stories of all kinds. Several months ago, I posted about the “one-coin problem.” This is my phrase to describe what’s also known as “the argument of the growing heap”: “If ten coins are not enough to make a man rich, what if you add one coin? What if …


Secrets of Adulthood: Think More About Yourself So You Can Forget About Yourself.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   Agree, disagree?


Story: Use a Short Phrase To Sum Up a Large Idea.

For the weekly videos, I now tell a story. I’ve realized that for me, and I think for many people, a story is what holds my attention and makes a point most powerfully. This week’s story: Use a short phrase to sum up a large idea.   If you want to read more along these lines, check out… Write your …


To Boost Your Self-Control, Use Convenience to Your Advantage.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year — and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge — welcome! This month’s theme is Self-control, and last week’s resolution was to Ask yourself whether you’re an “abstainer” or a “moderator.” Did you try that resolution? Did it …


To Boost Your Self-Control, Ask Yourself Whether You’re an “Abstainer” or a “Moderator.”

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year — and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge — welcome! This month’s theme is Self-control. Last week’s resolution was To increase your self-control, boost your energy level. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness? …