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Quick and (Nearly) Cost-Free Mood Boosters That Actually Work

My home may not be the fanciest or boast the most square footage, but it does have something I consider priceless: a view of New York City’s famous Central Park. Over breakfast, I like to listen to the birds sing. When I’m feeling lazy, one...

Good for You and for Your Wallet

Recently, I tallied up how much I spend a year on my favorite shoes and it ran upwards of $700 a year. Only, I’m not buying slinky heels or cute ballet flats. Instead, I’m replacing pair after pair of very unfashionable running shoes every two...

6 ‘Good’ Habits That Can Actually Make Us Feel Worse

We all have habits — things we do in life that we’re convinced will lift our mood when we’re having a particularly rough day at work or at home. For instance, when something happens that bothers me, I will dissect it down to its smallest minutiae...

Why You Need a Hobby

You know those red felt stockings you can get at the dollar store at Christmastime? That’s what my kids used as Christmas stockings for years. It was unacceptable, really, if you consider my lineage. I come from a long line of master knitters and...

9 Habits That Will Make You Happy

In my twenties, I had horrible eating habits and was completely unhappy. Slightly overweight and unhealthy, I’d go three days without eating in hopes of losing a few pounds, subsisting only on cigarettes and ice pops. Other days, I’d eat until I...

Want to Succeed? Don’t be Afraid to Fail

Sara Blakely, founder of the mega-successful, multibillion-dollar company Spanx, has never shied away from failure. In a recent CNBC interview, she recalled a dinnertime tradition where her father would ask her and her brother what they’d failed...

Time to Slow Down? Look for These Signs

You don’t have to work on a bomb squad or in a hospital emergency room to feel occupational pressure. In fact, 80 percent of Americans say they feel stress on the job, and 25 percent rating work as the No. 1 stressor in their lives (above health...

Scaling Back Doesn’t Have to Mean Slacking Off

Our culture applauds those who work too hard, but what happens when you’re so overwhelmed that the net effect is hardly working? The scenario certainly explains my experience last month. You’d think final exams in two graduate school courses was...

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