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Story: What Am I Really Complaining About?

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: What am I really complaining about?   This story reminds me of what Mindy Kaling said in her happiness interview (yes, that’s right, I …


On Awaiting the Arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

I live in New York City, and we’re waiting for Hurricane Sandy to hit. The wind and rain will get bad today, and the storm surge–that’s the real threat to the city–will be at its highest tonight. Usually I dismiss dire weather warnings (especially a hurricane with the mild-mannered name of “Sandy”–really?), but when I heard that the mass transit …


Remember the Dog That Doesn’t Bark.

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 Gratitude (I didn’t even consider the fact that Thanksgiving is coming up, very appropriate), and last week’s resolution was to Find gratitude cues …


Follow a Threshold Ritual.

Gratitude is a key element for a happy life. People who cultivate gratitude get a boost in happiness and optimism, feel more connected to other people, are better-liked and have more friends, are more likely to help others—they even sleep better and have fewer headaches. Nevertheless, I find it…challenging to cultivate a grateful frame of mind. I find it all …