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The New Psychology of Happiness

9/30/18 – In my first book, The Undefeated Mind, I argue that the pursuit of happiness isn’t “merely an inalienable right with which we’re endowed or an activity we’re capable of choosing;…Read More

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My Father Is Dying

11/23/14 – Somewhere around 2004 or so—I no longer remember the exact year—my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. We’d been wondering why his legs had been feeling weak, and at first…Read More

How To Tear Up The Good Guy Contract

11/2/14 – In a previous post, The Good Guy Contract, I wrote about the particular challenges faced by people dominated by their need to be liked by…Read More

How To Be Nice To The Ones You Love Most

7/13/14 –   Why is it we so often find ourselves treating the ones we most love the most shabbily? I don’t think, contrary…Read More

The Obstacle Is The Way

5/4/14 –   What’s the worst problem you have right now? Have you lost your home? Your job?   Are you worried you might? Or are you facing…Read More

Do Liberal Policies Make People Happier?

4/6/14 – Though I’m loathe to wade into any discussion of politics in a public forum—and at the risk of earning the ire of conservatives—I want…Read More

Why Be Honest?

2/23/14 – We all lie. Admittedly, most of do so only occasionally. But we still all do. Yet most of us also consider ourselves honest. In…Read More