Category: appreciating

Kick off the Year with Gratitude

Posted by davidjsinger - January 3, 2018 - appreciating, Be Happy, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Helping Others, Kindness, Positivity
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I was reading a book of the best sports writing of W. C.  Hines, famous for his work from the 1940s through the 1970s. In a profile of former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson, he asked Patterson about the month he had spent in seclusion at home after losing a championship fight, and how he […]

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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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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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Leaning in to Positivity

Posted by davidjsinger - March 29, 2017 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Present, Celebrate Your Progress, Changes, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Helping Others, Mindfulness, Optimism, Positivity, Well-Being
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Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, lost her husband to a tragic accident. Sandberg, who is quite famous for her book, Lean In, is writing a book with Adam Grant, the author of two of my favorite recent books, Give and Take and Originals. In a commencement speech at the University of California at […]

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Life is Good, a Happiness Book

Posted by davidjsinger - January 18, 2017 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Present, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Helping Others, Mindfulness, Optimism, Positivity, Well-Being
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I’ve always liked the designs of the “Life is Good” t-shirts. I was recently given Life is Good, the Book, written by Bert and John Jacobs, founders of the Life is Good company. It’s a nice, happiness book, and an easy read. After explaining optimism as the philosophy behind their approach, and pointing to the […]

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Choosing Happiness

Posted by davidjsinger - August 17, 2016 - appreciating, Be Happy, Celebrate Your Progress, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Positivity, Well-Being
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A quick google search on “choosing happiness books” yields hits such as Choosing Happiness, Just Choose Happiness, I Choose Happiness, and many more. I haven’t read those particular books, but I’ve read countless books on, or related to, happiness, and I work hard to choose happiness for myself. When I write and speak about happiness, […]

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Grateful People are Happy

Posted by davidjsinger - June 15, 2016 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Present, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Mindfulness, Positivity, Well-Being
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As many people have done, I have written about the importance of gratitude as a happiness habit, or as I also like to say, as an act of proactive positivity. I was listening to an episode of one of my favorite, weekly podcasts, The TED Radio Hour. During the episode, “Simply Happy,” a point was […]

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What Gratitude Does

Posted by davidjsinger - May 11, 2016 - appreciating, Be Happy, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Helping Others, Kindness, Positivity
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I’ve written a lot about gratitude as a happiness strategy. When you spend time thinking about ways you are grateful, and things and relationships in your life about which you are grateful, it’s hard to be unhappy at the same time. Gratitude is a proven activity of proactive positivity. But in a recent article I read, the […]

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Experiences vs. Things for Happiness

Posted by davidjsinger - November 25, 2015 - appreciating, Be Happy, Be Present, Family, Friends, Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness
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I’ve written a bunch of times about the value of experiences over things—about spending your money and time on experiences rather than stuff. In one of my newsletters, and later in a post here, I said the following: “I feel fortunate (and grateful) that investing my time and money in experiences comes more naturally to me […]

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Smiling and Happiness

Posted by davidjsinger - October 7, 2015 - appreciating, Be Happy, Celebrate Your Progress, Gratitude, Habits, Happiness, Positivity, Well-Being
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A while ago, I published an article about smiling in my monthly newsletter. I want to share it here, along with an update. To start, take this gift from me. It’s free and it’s easy. Smile. Just smile. Now think about what you just experienced. Smile again to help you remember. Smiling is an amazing […]

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