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5 Science-Backed Steps to Get Happier

An estimated 50 percent of our happiness levels come from our genes (also known as our “set point”), which means the other 50 percent is a combination of our circumstances and voluntary choices. So, if you’re a glass half-full kind of person...

Why Are Women Still Doing More Housework Than Men?

Much has been made about the fact that married women do more housework and childcare than their husbands, even when they work outside the home. The most recent stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that on an average day 82 percent of...

4 Ways to Get Happier Now

Our culture often falls prey to the "happiness craze," in search of instant gratification, rather than exerting patience. Psychologist and social critic, John Schumaker (in "In Search of Happiness: Understanding an Endangered State of Mind") put...

How You Start Your Day is Affecting Your Happiness

Do you start your day feeling as if you have a thousand pound weight on your chest? Are you likely to lay in bed thinking, "I can't handle this day?" Do too many "to-do's" run through your head before you even get all the way out of the bed? Does...

Is This Coming Between You and Success?

My sister was recently job-hunting, and got a call back from a firm after she’d already accepted a position elsewhere. Still, she decided to go to the interview just for practice and when the big day finally rolled around, she realized she felt...

The Importance of a “Power Hour”

Who: Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of “The Happiness Project” and “Happier at Home.” System: At 6 a.m. Gretchen has a “power hour” of solitude and focus where she can write, catch up on emails, tweet, before her day “officially starts.” ”At...

Why Perfectionism Is Making You Unhappy

Recently, I was the first person to show up at a friend’s for our monthly book club.  I listened to her story of frantically cleaning her home last night after working overtime all week with her husband out of town. She felt guilty leaving the...

4 Steps to Find Your Happy

Happiness seems like it should be a one-size-fits-all situation because the things that are supposed to make us happy are pretty universal. But Pharrell Williams may have been on to something when he sang: “Clap along if you know what happiness...

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