Category: Be Nice

Happiness & Marriage

Posted by davidjsinger - October 31, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Family, Habits, Happiness, Leadership, Well-Being
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This year, my wife and I celebrated our 30th anniversary. Around the same time, I read a blog post called “8 Traits of a Happy Marriage, According to a Couples Therapist.” I agree with all eight of the defining characteristics of long-lasting, happy marriages. I am particularly drawn to these seven (I don’t disagree with […]

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Biases & Your Happiness

Posted by davidjsinger - October 10, 2018 - Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Family, Friends, Habits, Happiness, Well-Being
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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 out, divorces among Hollywood celebrities […]

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Giving the Benefit of the Doubt

Posted by davidjsinger - September 19, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Nice, Habits, Kindness, Leadership
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“Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood” is the fifth of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, one of the all-time, best-selling, personal development books. We often jump to conclusions and make assumptions with incomplete information. When we do that—when we fail to seek to understand someone else’s point of view, before […]

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Exposure Breeds Empathy

Posted by davidjsinger - July 4, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Nice, Empathy, Kindness, Leadership
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Pride Month has just come to an end, and I was thinking about the way LGBTQ issues have been in the news in a big way over the last few years. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 for equal rights for those in same-sex marriages. The fight for transgender rights has helped make the […]

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Social Connections & Your Health

Posted by davidjsinger - June 27, 2018 - Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Nice, Habits, Happiness, Health, Healthspan, Helping Others, Kindness, Well-Being, Wellness
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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 focused nearly as much effort […]

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More Kindness

Posted by davidjsinger - May 2, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Habits, Happiness, Kindness, Leadership, Mindfulness
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After I republished my post Kindness & the Common Good in my monthly newsletter, a reader sent me this note I want to share with you: Thank you for this email (newsletter)! I have a constant, inner conversation with myself where I try to be mindful of the point of view of others. If someone […]

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The Power of Smiling

Posted by davidjsinger - April 4, 2018 - Be Happy, Be Nice, Habits, Happiness, Kindness, Well-Being
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I have frequently written about the power of smiling. When we smile, there is a chemical reaction which causes us to think we are happy, even if we were not feeling happy before that moment. In addition, smiling at others usually causes them to smile back at you. (In fact, per a recent study in […]

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Live Your Personal Purpose For A Meaningful Life

Posted by davidjsinger - March 14, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Happiness, Helping Others, Kindness, Leadership, Positivity
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This is a guest post by Dr. John Izzo. Today we’re constantly bombarded with messaging about how we should live. We’re told to work harder, dress better, be fitter, have better relationships, and show more gratitude. So how are we supposed to decide what really matters in life? The answer to having a meaningful life […]

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Being Present in a World of Screens

Posted by davidjsinger - February 21, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Family, Friends, Habits, Leadership, Listening, Mindfulness
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This is a guest post by Ryan Snow. Screens are everywhere. You can’t make a call or even make your coffee without looking at a screen. After reading Kevin Kelly’s book, The Inevitable, where he writes about the future of screening, I decided to examine my own use of screens. Here is a recap of […]

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Smartphone Distraction & Etiquette

Posted by davidjsinger - February 14, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Present, Family, Friends, Habits, Kindness, Leadership, Listening, Mindfulness
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In the past, I wrote about Being Present in a Smartphone World. On a related note, I read a piece in the New York Times where they reported on these survey results, which might not be very shocking: We check our phone an average of 47 times a day. Eighty-two times if you’re between the […]

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