Biases & Your Happiness

I’ve written before about things I learned from Daniel Kahneman’s wonderfully interesting book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow". In a section on availability bias, Kahneman shared useful information for couples. Availability bias is the way we judge situations by relying on immediate examples that come mind. For example, as Kahneman points…

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Removing Temptations to help your Willpower

I’ve written a lot about the way willpower impacts our ability to make changes that stick. The bottom line: we have a limited stock of willpower. It’s been studied. It’s a fact. Because of this, the key to making changes that stick is to go slow; to break down your…

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Science of Happiness

I was at a conference where I had the good fortune to hear Catherine Sanderson speak on The Science of Happiness. Sanderson is a professor at Amherst College where she studies and teaches the subject of happiness. Her speech was fantastic. Here are some of my takeaways: Why do we…

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More Gratitude and Perspective

A reader wrote to me the following note about an old post of mine, Gratitude and Perspective… I completely agree with this post!  Whenever I have stress, I try to ask myself: “Are my kids healthy?  Are my wife and I healthy?” When the answers to those questions are “yes,” which is…

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Happier from Less Clutter

Two articles I recently read reinforced my feeling that most people have too much “stuff”. Beth Teitell writes in the Boston Globe, “Clutter…can assume many forms. It can present as a once-used bread machine or Lego hair that’s come unsnapped from its person. It can look like Tupperware without its assigned…

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Social Connections & Your Health

In a Harvard Business Review article, the former U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, was quoted as saying, "Loneliness and weak social connections are associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity. But we haven't…

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The Garage Sale Test for Buying Less Stuff

Last week, I wrote about the many things I threw out when helping my parents move from a house to an apartment. I wrote about throwing things out or donating them along the way, rather than accumulating things you don't need. There is another way. Don't buy things you don't…

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Less Stuff, Happy Family

This week, my parents moved from the house I grew up in to an apartment. They don't need as much space and the move has many pluses for them. Most importantly, they will no longer be responsible for maintaining their property and the apartment is one level, which will make…

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Bartering for Time & Happiness

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about Investing in Time Rather than Things, for Happiness after I read about a study showing that using money to buy yourself more time results in greater happiness than using money to buy things. It’s especially beneficial to invest in freeing…

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