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Does It Add Value to Your Life?

Does It Add Value to Your Life?

This post is Part 1 of a 3-part blog series on Minimalism. I’ve been listening to a great podcast recently called The Minimalists. Throughout the podcast, they call into question the basic assumption in our culture that having more money and more stuff will make us...
Start With Why

Start With Why

This blog post is Part 3 in a 14-part blog series on discovering and living your mission. (If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.) The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “He who has a ‘why’ to live can bear almost any ‘how.’” I think there’s...
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...
How Secure is Your Ladder?

How Secure is Your Ladder?

My pastor shared something a few weeks ago that has helped me as I have processed through the results from the election this week. He told the story of a team of workers that was fixing his house. Part of the job involved working near the roof on the side of the...
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....
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...
Big Fish in a Small Pond

Big Fish in a Small Pond

Is it better to be a big fish in a small pond, or a small fish in a big pond? For example, if you are considering college, is it better to go to an elite school like Harvard or Yale, where you might only be average? Or is it better to go to a decent school like the...
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...
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...
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