Celebrate Your Progress, a Happiness Strategy

Note: Once again this week I am posting on a Tuesday instead of my usual Wednesday because of the holiday... With a new year upon us, here is an updated version of a post I did last year at this time. New Year’s Day is a time when many people…

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Download an Alternate Version of the “21-Day Habit Tracker” worksheet

As discussed in my book and many posts on this site, it takes 21 days to form a habit—and breaking down large goals into manageable pieces, implemented over 21-day periods, is the way to real, lasting change. Last May, we created a worksheet to help you to track your progress…

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Part 2, Celebrating Your Progress, a Happiness Strategy

Last week I wrote about the importance of celebrating your progress. I encouraged you to celebrate the New Year by celebrating your 2012 progress. And I promised that this week I would share a list of some of my 2012 areas of progress. If you’ve been reflecting on your progress on…

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Celebrate Your Progress, a Happiness Strategy

New Year’s Day is a time when many people make resolutions. If you’ve read my book or my blog posts, you know that I’m a positive person. So, it’s with a bit of difficulty that I put in writing this negative point: If you’re like most people who make New…

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Living the Six Simple Rules: Be Happy

This summer, between his second and third years of college, my son, Jeremy, taught seventh grade math in a program called Breakthrough. Breakthrough is designed to help bright kids from underserved urban areas to reach their potential. In addition to helping these kids to “break through,” Jeremy had a breakthrough…

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Download the “New Habits and Progress” worksheet

We recently added this worksheet for you to download. Use it to create two lists: (1) habits you would like to adopt over 21-day periods and (2) habits you have adopted (to celebrate your progress.) There is a link on the home page of this site and at the end…

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The Case Against New Year’s Resolutions — How to Make Changes that Actually Stick

Now that we’re a few weeks into 2012, if you’re like most people who make New Year’s resolutions, you're already struggling to keep them. New Year’s is an ideal time to review my approach for making real, lasting, positive changes in your life. If you’ve read my book, you know…

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6 Habits and The Case for Slowing Down

If you’ve read my book or my blog posts, you know about my emphasis on slowing down to make changes. I’ve been thinking about the many ways that slowing down is beneficial. Below are six slowing down habits for you to consider (presented within the framework of Six Simple Rules…

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Teenproofing, Part 3, Alcohol — What Parents Can Do

In part 1 of this series, I told the story of coming home to stop a teen party — and highlighted the problem that ALL parents of teens face. In part 2, I talked about strategies for making sure that when parents are away, teens can’t “play”. Today, I share…

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Teenproofing, Part 2, When Parents are Away, Teens Will Play

In yesterday's post, I told the story of coming home to catch a party that was already a bit out of control (parents’ definition) and might have gotten totally out of control (even by kids’ definition) if I hadn’t broken it up — and I highlighted the problem parents face…

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Silver Linings – Learning to Focus on the Positive

In April of this year, my daughter tore the ACL in her right knee, ending her high school lacrosse season, and her high school sports career. It was even more upsetting because she had torn the ACL in her other knee 19 months earlier playing soccer. When she fell to…

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