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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, …


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 Read about Writing? Here Are My Five Favorite Books about Writing.

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: My five favorite books about writing. It’s not easy to write a book about writing that’s also a pleasure to read. Here are my favorites: 1. William Zinsser, On Writing Well. I’ve read this book several times, and I’m due for another re-reading soon. It’s full of …


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 …


How to Spot a Psychopath.

Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: How to spot a psychopath. I love finding–or inventing–ways to categorize people. I agree with philosopher Isaiah Berlin, who observed, “Every classification throws light on something.” I’ve devised several of these, and of the ones I’ve come up with myself, my favorites are the Abstainer/Moderator distinction and …