Never Enough Time!

How many times have you taken a book or two with you on a trip, only to return home with them still unread?  We are all horrible at calculating free time.  We start off with high expectations only to become disappointed when confronted by reality. Each week we have the gift of 168 hours…no more, […]

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Happiness: What's On YOUR List?

In a study conducted by Diener and Fujita (1995), the availability of “material” resources was 9 times less important to happiness than was the availability of “personal” resources such as family and friends. Imagine for a moment that today was your last day on Earth.  Now, make a list of all the things that you […]

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Escape The Grip Of Worry

It’s not uncommon to experience a number of difficult situations everyday…little aches and pains, slights made to you by others, mistakes you make (and get called on), upsetting news, etc.  It’s also not uncommon to become lost in some of these problems, giving them so much power over you that it’s almost as if they […]

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Our Basic Human Pleasures: Food, Sex and Giving

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Published: January 16, 2010 (NY Times Article) Want to be happier in 2010? Then try this simple experiment, inspired by recent scholarship in psychology and neurology. Which person would you rather be: Richard is an ambitious 36-year-old white commodities trader in Florida. He’s healthy and drop-dead handsome, lives alone in a […]

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"Pronoia": Living in a User-Friendly World

We all know what “paranoia” is…professionally, it refers to a disorder of the mind involving delusions, usually persecutory in nature.  In general use, we use the word to describe someone who is suspicious that the world is conspiring to hurt them.  Less known is the term “pronoia,” which is, in essence, the opposite of paranoia.  […]

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Coping with the "Holiday Blues"

“Tis the season to be jolly”? “It’s the hap-happiest time of the year”? Well, not necessarily. At least not for all of us. According to the National Mental Health Association, as many as four out of ten people will experience a “mild depression” during and after the coming holiday season. By “mild” depression, I think […]

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 Chronic Clutter Syndrome

There may be a new “disorder” on the horizon.  Now just a silent accomplice to other disorders like depression, anxiety, and sleep deprivation, this growing problem may soon warrant its own title and code number in the diagnostic dictionary.  Perhaps it will be called something like “Clinical Clutter Disorder” or “Chronic Disorganization Syndrome”.  Although these […]

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 Psychology of Clutter

My last column on the psychology of clutter resulted in more reader response then any column topic I’ve covered in the past.  Readers have called my office, sent me e-mail, and even stopped me in the grocery store to say how much they agreed with my commentary on how clutter has begun to burden our […]

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Can Money Buy Happiness?

I recently read that Richard Hatch, winner of the first television hit, Survivor, has been indicted on charges of tax evasion, filing a false tax return, and bank fraud.  He reportedly neglected to pay taxes on the $1,000,000 prize he collected after winning Survivor: Borneo in August, 2000.  Mr. Hatch appears to have failed to […]

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What Happy People Know

You don’t need a degree in psychology to know when you’re off-track, but sometimes it creeps up on you. It can seem like you wake up one day and realize that things are not right. These are a few of the signs: You don’t want to get out of bed. You have a hard time […]

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