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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...
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...
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....
Is Happiness ‘Out There?’

Is Happiness ‘Out There?’

One of the most common lies that people believe about happiness is that it is somewhere ‘out there.’ In other words, people think that if they just can get some external thing to happen, they will be happy. You know you have bought into this lie when you tell yourself...
Why Money Can’t Buy Happiness

Why Money Can’t Buy Happiness

There are a lot of things that are nice about money. Money can put food on the table, pay for transportation, and even fund a vacation once in a while. But money can’t buy you happiness. At least not in the way we normally think about it. Here’s what the research says...
4 Bad Things When You’re At Sea

4 Bad Things When You’re At Sea

Mankind owns four things that are no good at sea: rudder, anchor, oars and the fear of going down. –Antonio Machado I love this poem. There are so many things that hold us back from being the people that God created us to be, and I think this poem captures a few...
Searching for Contentment

Searching for Contentment

I was hanging out with a few friends the other day. We were relaxing and chatting about whatever came to mind. At one point, one of my friends asked this question: Where do you want to be in 10 years? Immediately my mind started to make a list. I began to think about...