Happiness from Acceptance

I made sure I taught my kids, if someone sends you an e-mail, a text message, or any other type of communication, you need to respond. If you don’t have time to give a complete reply, acknowledge receipt and tell them you will get back to them later. And then…

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Willpower and Making Changes that Stick, part 2

Not long after I published Six Simple Rules for a Better Life, I read a book called Willpower, by Roy Baumeister & John Tierney, which had come out the same month. In my book’s introduction, I talk about how to make changes that stick. I knew my method worked, but…

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You Can Do Anything, as Long as You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

One of my daughters was telling me about a position she was considering running for at her sorority. She had already taken on a lot (and accomplished a great deal) during her college years—at her sorority and in general—and had, at times, been overextended. I wrote to her: "If you…

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Organized to a Fault, and to My Benefit

Being disorganized adds stress to my life, and I would argue to most people's lives. Though while "Be Organized" is the fourth of my Six Simple Rules for a Better Life, I've also been trying to avoid placing too much importance on being organized of late; otherwise being disorganized becomes…

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Is a Personal Chef a Luxury? or a Happiness Investment?

Many years ago, my wife (Marcie) and I were presented with the idea of hiring a personal chef. It sounded like an odd idea—like something for the super-rich. But, we did some research, calling around to various places (this was before Google had become our go-to). We found a chef…

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Lessons from Letting It All Go

This is a guest post by Bethany Rosselit. Bethany blogs at Online Life Coaching, where she offers tips, e-courses, and individual e-mail, chat, and Skype sessions to help people simplify their lives, overcome their fears, and achieve their dreams. For the first 10 years of my marriage, I thought had…

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Eating the Big Frog First to Beat Procrastination

Judging by the comment cards, one of the most popular takeaways from my speeches is the concept of eating the big frog first as a way to conquer procrastination. I thought about it again when a couple of my family members returned to New York from Australia. I’ll explain that…

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5 Organizing Tips for Getting Your Life Under Control

This is a guest post by Fay Wein. Fay is a communication specialist. Naturally a hoarder since childhood, getting my home and my life organized were not a cinch for me. Although still far from perfect, I’ve managed to bring some semblance of order to my life with some useful…

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New Life Day and Changes

This post was a popular article in my monthly newsletter, so I wanted to share it here, especially with New Year's coming. At my speaking engagements I ask for examples of common New Year’s resolutions. Nearly every time, “Lose weight,” “Exercise more,” and “Stop smoking,” are shouted out from the…

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Just Get Started on Changes

Rather than waiting until the New Year to begin making changes, just start now. Here are some examples: Can't decide whether to join a board of a local not-for-profit, or to serve homeless at a soup kitchen, or to fund raise for the eradication of a disease? Just pick one…

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Organized Home, Organized Life

This is a guest post by Olivia Moore. The topic of being organized has been widely discussed and all the articles, surveys, and experiments have led to the same conclusion—being organized helps you to be successful in many aspects in life. Needless to say, the busy life makes it hard…

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