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I wrote a commencement speech that no one asked for. Here’s why:
By virtue simply of having 654 children, I spend a lot of my life with today’s youth, and I…+ read more
What would you have your kids bury in a time capsule? Would you jave them put pictures?, CD’s/ Concert tickets?, maybe a video of themself or letter to their future themself’s. Many people bury time capsule’s all over the world. Many school have their…+ read more
As a life coach, I’m a huge proponent of personal growth, and growth usually means change. Becoming happier often means re-engineering a bad habit, or starting a healthy new routine (like exercise or meditation). But sometimes the best thing that…+ read more
Have you seen the moving five minute video from StoryCorps about Danny and Annie? (If not, your happiness tip is to watch it now.)
The little love notes that Danny would leave for Annie defined…+ read more
I’m a big fan of high-fat foods; fat tastes good, after all. And research has shown that some types of fats, like Omega-3s, can calm us and even have antidepressant effects. But other studies show that trans-fats, or partially hydrogenated…+ read more
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” –Plato
Loads of research shows that music can uplift and restore the spirit–so much so, in…+ read more
Are you always saying “yes” to everyone around you, but never making time for yourself? Saying no takes practice for most people, but it is a necessary life-skill in today’s world.
Say “no” to several requests or this week, but…
“Is the author of Raising Happiness really telling us to ignore our children,” you ask?
Yep. Sometimes—not always, of course—we need to not be so kiddie-centric. We Americans are obsessed with our offspring compared to European nations, to the detriment…
This week’s tip: Learn Something New.
Your kids are back in school; should you be, too?
Our brains grow and change throughout adulthood depending on what we do with them. Do a lot of math,…+ read more
This week’s tip: Play a Game That Makes You Happy
Games can provide the “exhilarating rewards, stimulating challenges, and epic victories that are so often lacking in the real world,” writes visionary game designer Jane McGonigal in her book Reality…
This week’s tip: DON’T Buy that Thing that You REALLY REALLY REALLY Want
There is often a big discrepancy between the way we think we’ll feel when we own something and the way we actually feel when we have it.…
This week’s tip: Expose yourself to someone else’s pain.
Often, we avoid pain (our own or others’) in an attempt to be happy. But when we ignore or deny another person’s pain, we miss an opportunity to feel good. Yes,…
This week’s tip: Let yourself feel what you feel.
When we feel stressed out (or sad or disappointed, for that matter) life offers a host of ways to not really feel those negative feelings. (For example: drugs and alcohol. Facebook.…
This week’s tip: Imagine Your “Best Possible Future Self”
Practice thinking optimistically about the future by taking some time to write down your hopes and dreams for yourself in 5 or 10 years. Where will you be living? What friends…