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We Are All the Same

Posted by davidjsinger - November 22, 2017 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Empathy, Giving, Gratitude, Kindness, Leadership, Listening
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I do not attend many religious services over the course of a typical year. There is one service I love attending more than the others. It’s an Interfaith Thanksgiving service, held on a rotating basis, in one of a group of participating houses of worship from the towns surrounding where I live. Clergy from the […]

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Book Review: Waking Up

Posted by davidjsinger - November 15, 2017 - Be Happy, Be Present, Book Review, Habits, Happiness, Mindfulness
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I have been a long-time student of the power of our thoughts. That’s part of why I enjoyed Waking Up by Sam Harris, a book that focuses a great deal on the power of our thoughts. Before cell phones, when we saw someone walking down the street talking to himself, we imagined they had a […]

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More on Proactive Positivity

Posted by davidjsinger - November 8, 2017 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Present, Celebrate Your Progress, Changes, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Helping Others, Mindfulness, Optimism, Positivity, Well-Being
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I’ve written many times about what I call Proactive Positivity, actions you can take to help yourself to be happier, such as: expressing gratitude, smiling, helping others, exercising, spending time with people you like, looking for silver linings, being present, seeing the glass as half full, celebrating your progress, laughing, having fun, pursuing your passions, […]

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Commitment Devices and Habits

Posted by davidjsinger - November 1, 2017 - Be Healthy, Habits, Health, Healthspan, Wellness
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On a TED Radio Hour podcast episode, I listened to an interview with Dan Goldstein, who studies economic behavior and decision making. He talked about something he calls Commitment Devices. The ideas he shared resonated with me because they related to making changes that stick. As we all know, resisting temptation is hard. Goldstein explained […]

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Put it on Your Calendar

Posted by davidjsinger - October 25, 2017 - Be Healthy, Exercise, Fitness, Health, Longevity, Time Management, Wellness
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I’ve written a number of times about making the time to do the important things in life. Rather than saying, “I didn’t do it because I didn’t have the time,” it’s more accurate to say, “I didn’t do it because I didn’t make the time.” (One example: Making time for exercise; a big challenge for […]

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My Healthy Eating Update

Posted by davidjsinger - October 18, 2017 - Be Healthy, eating, Habits, Health, Healthspan, Longevity, Well-Being, Wellness
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In the “Be Healthy” chapter of my book, I provided 52 suggestions for healthier eating. It’s been nearly six years since the book was published and I was wondering how many of my eating suggestions would be different if I wrote the book today. As much as I would have liked to have included 52 […]

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Experiences as Better Gifts

Posted by davidjsinger - October 11, 2017 - Be Happy, Family, Friends, Happiness, Mindfulness, Minimalism
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I’ve written a fair amount about why experiences are better than things. Two of my posts are here and here. I read a really good article about the same subject on Motherly. In the piece, Elizabeth Tenety gives a helpful list of experiences one can give as gifts, in this case, it’s a list she […]

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Why I Am Organized

Posted by davidjsinger - October 4, 2017 - Be Organized, Organization, Stress
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“Be Organized” is the fourth of my Six Simple Rules. I am organized in countless ways and have long felt I’m a naturally organized person. But it wasn’t always that way for me. My organized life is made up of a collection of small habits I’ve adopted over time. What I recently came to realize is […]

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What Procrastination & Pessimism Have in Common

Posted by davidjsinger - September 27, 2017 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Organized, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Optimism, Organization, Positivity, Well-Being
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I was reading The Undoing Project, the latest book by one of my favorite authors, Michael Lewis. It’s about two psychologists / behavioral economists, Amos Tversky & Daniel Kahneman. I’ve written here before about their work after I read Kahneman’s amazing book, Thinking Fast and Slow. This excerpt from the Lewis book struck me: Amos […]

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Want to Be More Productive at Work? Spend Time with Family.

Posted by davidjsinger - September 20, 2017 - Be Happy, Book Review, Family, Happiness, Well-Being, Work
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I recently read The Power of Having Fun, the brand-new book by Dave Crenshaw. I am a big believer in taking time off to make time for yourself and for your family. I’ve had the good fortune of having taken that time over most of the past 20 years. I took control of my own […]

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