For the International Day of Happiness

If someone asked you, “What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about happiness?” what would you answer?

Want to View the World With Fresh Eyes?

What hooks do you use to help yourself see the world more vividly?

“My Highest Ambition Is To Be What I Already Am.”

What is self-acceptance, really? Or self-knowledge? A mystery.

7 Types of Loneliness, and Why It Matters

It’s important to realize why we feel lonely, because only then can we see how we might address it.

Do You Hate to Rush?

By figuring out easy, quick ways to make it faster to head out the door, we can give ourselves a bigger margin of time.

For Valentine’s Day: 7 Mistakes I Keep Making in Romance...

Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree: a key to happiness is strong relationships, and if we’re in a romantic relationship, it has a big influence on our happiness

A Happy Memory: the “Stripey House” of Kansas City.

Remembering that funny house brought back happy memories, of all those car trips to the mall with my sister and mother.

Like January 1 or a Birthday...

Certain days, such as January 1 or the celebration of a birthday, often remind us to reflect on our lives and our hopes for the future.

Want to Keep a New Year’s Resolution?

When we know ourselves, we can set up a resolution in the way that’s right for us. It’s not that hard to keep our resolutions, and to change our habits — when we know what to do.

What Makes the Perfect Gift? Probably Not What You Think.

Take these tips into consideration when you're seeking the perfect gift this holiday season.

How to Have a Happy Thanksgiving with Difficult Relatives

Here are some strategies for keeping Thanksgiving dinner — or any holiday gathering, at any time of the year — pleasant.

The Smell of a Hallway Taught Me Something Important

For some reason, this hallway smelled exactly like the hospital where I worked as a candy-striper in high school.

How to Get an Extra Hour in Your Day

This is the right way to use the end of Daylight Savings Time, and to build momentum for the months ahead.

I Forgot to Take My Own Advice

Celebrating minor holidays is one way to make time stand out. Because this day was unusual, it’s more memorable.

Have to Give a Toast, Speech, or Presentation?

Fear of public speaking or performance is a big happiness stumbling block.

The Most Effective Way to Convince People to Evacuate?

How might a mayor word an evacuation notice, to persuade people of all Four Tendencies?

Back to School:

The question is: how can we help children form habits that will help them handle this load, without our constant nagging and supervising?

7 Tips for Clearing Clutter in the Office

Outer order contributes to inner calm — for most people. But not for everyone.

Do You Enjoy Listening to a Spirited Discussion...

I do find that sometimes I find it entertaining to hear a spirited discussion about something I know nothing about–whether that’s basketball, the Grammy Awards, the Real Housewives

News Flash: Watching TV with Your Sweetheart...

After all, after sleeping and work, watching TV is the biggest consumer of the world’s time.

Struggle to Give Up an Object that Once Served You Well?

Mementos serve as important reminders of the people, places, and activities we love, and dear objects make our homes feel more homey.

Is There One “Best” Type of Temperament? Or Tendency?

People often ask me questions like, “What’s the best Tendency?” “Which Tendency tends to be the most successful?” “Which Tendency has the happiest people?”

5 Tips to Deal With Insomnia

I violated one of the most basic back-to-sleep tips — the tip to get up, rather than toss and turn.

Struggling With Tasks That You Don’t Want to Do?

The chore that feels onerous today may give you a huge boost of satisfaction tomorrow, when it’s behind you.

I Make a Good Happiness Choice, and a Bad Happiness Choice

We talk a lot about the problem of procrastinating work in order to goof off. But sometimes, we procrastinate goofing off in order to work.

3 Things My Puppy Taught Me About Happiness

If you have a pet, what has your pet taught you about happiness?

Have You Ever Read Anything That Made You Think...

Rarely have I read a single line that was so powerful in its context.

Got the Urge to Do Some Spring Cleaning?

One of the things about happiness that continually surprises me is the degree to which, for most people, outer order contributes to inner calm, and inner self-command.

Have You Ever Been Made Happier by a “Modest Splurge?”

I remind myself that sometimes, it makes me happy to indulge in a modest splurge—to buy something that I don’t absolutely need, but that makes my day brighter in some way.