Category Archives: My Happiness Project

Storing the Clutter

QUOTE: I’d read suggestions that I should invest in an extra closet rod or in storage boxes that fit under the bed or in hangers that would hold four pairs of pants on one rod. For me, however, there was … Continue reading

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Categories of Clutter 

QUOTE: “My evaluation of our apartment revealed that my clutter came in several distinct varieties . First was nostalgic clutter, made up of relics I clung to from my earlier life.” LIST THE CATEGORIES . NOTE Just begin. Debt snowball. … Continue reading

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“Do what ought to be done.”

QUOTE: As I contemplated the magnitude of the job before me, I invoked my Tenth Commandment: “Do what ought to be done.” This commandment distilled into one principle a lot of different strands of advice my mother had given me … Continue reading

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Clutter and domestic happiness 

QUOTE: I decided to tackle the visible clutter first, and I discovered something surprising : the psychologists and social scientists who do happiness research never mention clutter at all. They never raise it in their descriptions of the factors that … Continue reading

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Loose ends, cluttered space

QUOTE: TOSS, RESTORE, ORGANIZE. Household disorder was a constant drain on my energy; the minute I walked through the apartment door, I felt as if I needed to start putting clothes in the hamper and gathering loose toys. I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Data motivates, get credit, keep score

QUOTE: It was interesting to have a better sense of my daily habits. Also, the very fact of wearing a pedometer made me walk more. One of my worst qualities is my insatiable need for credit; I always want the … Continue reading

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Examine your context for role models.

QUOTE: In Daniel Gilbert’s book Stumbling on Happiness, he argues that the most effective way to judge whether a particular course of action will make you happy in the future is to ask people who are following that course of … Continue reading

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Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic

QUOTE: My father’s deal got me to commit to a routine, and once I started running, I found that I didn’t mind exercising, I just didn’t like sports. My father’s approach might well have backfired . With extrinsic motivation, people … Continue reading

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EXERCISE 

QUOTE: EXERCISE BETTER. There’s a staggering amount of evidence to show that exercise is good for you. Among other benefits, people who exercise are healthier , think more clearly, sleep better, and have delayed onset of dementia. Regular exercise boosts … Continue reading

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MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, AWAKE 

QUOTE: These changes did seem to make falling asleep easier. But I often lost sleep for another reason: I’d wake up in the middle of the night— curiously, usually at 3: 18 A.M.—and be unable to go back to sleep. … Continue reading

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