Six Rules for a Simple Life

I was playing with words in my head earlier this year, as I often do, and the title of my book, Six Simple Rules for a Better Life, became "Six Better Rules for a Simple Life". (I wrote about it in my monthly newsletter.) Simple things of all types appeal…

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Simple? Yes. Easy? Maybe. Making Changes Easier

A bunch of times, when I've mentioned the name of my book to people I've gotten this response: "Sounds easy. Six rules. I love it." I accept their positive feedback, but I don't feel entirely comfortable with their comment. I feel like I need to explain, "The rules are simple,…

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The Six Simple Rules for Uncovering Your Life Passion

I’m excited to publish this guest post by Barrie Davenport. Barrie is a life passion coach, author, and founder of BarrieDavenport.com, a site devoted to helping people uncover and live their life passions. She is the creator of The Path to Passion Course (more on the course at the end…

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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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Growing Beyond Your Fears – Tracie’s Travels

I talk in the “Be Happy” chapter of my book about letting go of negative thoughts. When things don’t quite go as you planned, one of the strategies I suggest is to remember that in so many situations the experience becomes a story later (often a funny one). Catching ourselves…

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Teenproofing, Part 4, Party at the Singers’ House!

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”. In part 3,…

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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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Teenproofing, Part 1, The Problem

“Dad, can I have a few people over tonight?” Jeremy asked as Marcie and I headed out the door to a nearby party we were attending one Saturday night in 2007. Jeremy was a high school sophomore at the time. The prior night, when Marcie and I were home, he…

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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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