Six Rules on Marriage & Divorce (and Happiness)

Last year, when Marcie and I celebrated our 25th anniversary, I published an article in the Six Simple Rules newsletter with my thoughts about marriage, and about divorce (and happiness). A version of the article was published on the new Love Fairy site, a sister site to Purpose Fairy, where…

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Clutterfree with Kids: Book Review

I’ve been a fan of Joshua Becker’s blog on minimalism and simplicity for several years.  Last year, an article I wrote was published on his site. I’ve also enjoyed his books, and now he has a new one, Clutterfree with Kids, and I'm pleased to write this book review. While…

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Increasing Awareness & Reducing Stress

This is a guest post by Linda Bailey. Many of us have too much stress in our lives. All these pressures—whether from work, family, school, community, church, or even recreational commitments—can take a toll on us. Finding ways to deal with the stress is important to a healthy and happier…

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Happiness Secret: Experiences vs. Things

Last summer I went whitewater rafting with my wife and a couple of wonderful friends who had very graciously invited us to stay with them at their upstate New York time share. We departed the lodge at 7:30am and arrived at the rafting place around 9:00am. It was a long…

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“You Know, Papa, Hiccup’s Papa?” — Listening

Listening well is an important skill in our lives—personally and professionally. In this guest post by Kevin Clarke, we hear about a dad and the hard work of really hearing what his son is saying to him. Kevin is a writer for America Magazine and this piece is reprinted with…

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Roots of Empathy

Harnessing the power of thinking—knowing that what we think has a huge impact on how we feel, and then putting that knowledge to use—has had powerful results for me. I’ve also learned that discounting other people’s feelings is a mistake and I’ve gotten better over time at balancing the power…

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10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place, Author Interview

  Late last year, I was fortunate to learn about 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There), a wonderful book by Galen Pearl. After reading the book, I had the pleasure of interviewing Galen—about the book, her life, and the 10 Steps. I'm grateful to Galen for taking…

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Looking at the Nest as Half Full

This week, a post I wrote was published on the terrific web site, The Bridge Maker. Here’s the first part of the piece, with a link to the rest… As a blogger, it occurred to me as I approached the day when my youngest would be going off to college…

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A Special Story, and Some Learning Too

In May of this year, I wrote a post about a story from the early part of my father’s career. In Everybody Has a Story—What’s Yours?, I explained that we all have stories to tell; learning that can help others. Soon after that post was published, while speaking with a…

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Interview: Denny Coates on Habits and Learning

I’ve been checking out an unusual and interesting online coaching system for personal development, called ProStar Coach. I recently spoke with the creator of this program, Denny Coates. He has some insightful things to say about habits and behavior change. That’s of particular interest to me, with my focus on…

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