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Limit Your Options

Limit Your Options

I love having a lot of choices. For example, one of my favorite restaurants is the Cheesecake Factory. Part of the reason I like it is because their menu is so big! If I go there, I know there has to be at least something that looks appealing. I like having a lot of...
Don’t Be in a Rush

Don’t Be in a Rush

As I traveled home the other day, the train was packed. All the seats were taken, so I had to stand by the door, next to a man in a suit. It wasn’t the most comfortable commute home. At my train stop, I had to squeeze by a few folks to get out the door. The man in the...
3 Lessons from the Rajneeshees

3 Lessons from the Rajneeshees

My wife and I just finished watching a fascinating documentary called “Wild, Wild Country.” It follows the story of a cult called the Rajneeshees, who travel from India and settle in Antelope, Oregon, where they build a commune (basically a small town) from scratch....
5 Ways to Get Back on The Polar Express of Life

5 Ways to Get Back on The Polar Express of Life

I take the train to work. It takes about 90 minutes each way, so it’s a long commute. I remember one day as I got off the train, I passed by a mother and her young daughter getting on the train. The mother smiled at me and asked, “Was it fun?” She must have noticed...
3 Keys to Living a Good Life

3 Keys to Living a Good Life

Everyone wants to live a good life and be happy. But so many of us struggle. We wrestle with depression, anxiety, and relationship problems, just to name a few. What are some of the key principles to keep in mind when trying to craft the life you really want? Here are...
Are People Who Live in California Happier?

Are People Who Live in California Happier?

Not too long ago, I took a weekend trip to Los Angeles, California to give a talk at a conference. The day I left California, it was 70 degrees. The sun was shining, and everything seemed right with the world. When I got back to Dallas, the temperature was in the 30s....
Do You Want to be Happy? Mind the 3 P’s

Do You Want to be Happy? Mind the 3 P’s

I listened to an interview the other day with Dan Buettner. Dan is an author who recently wrote a book called the Blue Zones of Happiness. In the book, Dan studied the happiest countries in the world, and he tried to figure out whether there were principles he could...
Stuff = Stress

Stuff = Stress

The more stuff we have, the more stress we experience. Sometimes we believe the opposite is true. We see a new gadget, piece of furniture, or pair of shoes, and we just have to have it. We feel like it will definitely improve our lives in a tangible way. Maybe the...
Enjoy What Your Place Has to Offer

Enjoy What Your Place Has to Offer

I went to California recently for a conference. Every time I travel to California, there is a part of me that wishes I lived there, and wonders if I would be happier if I lived in a place with better weather. (As it turns out, research shows that people who live in...
The Joy is in the Pursuit

The Joy is in the Pursuit

This was a big year for me professionally. I got a big grant. My first two Ph.D. students graduated. I finished writing a book. And I got tenure. I achieved quite a few major goals that I had been working toward for a long time. I thought I would be happier about it....
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