Stacy’s Book Note: Happiness A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

Reading the book Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill was life changing for me. I used to believe that happiness is a state of being, an emotional state, or a mood that you worked toward attaining. I used to think of happiness as a goal. Matthieu Ricard is a cellular genetics scientist turned Buddhist monk…

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Merge Ahead: The Road to Success, Character, and Happiness

David Brooks has written several op-ed pieces for the New York Times, coinciding with the launch of his new book The Road to Character. (You can find one here and another here.) Of the three I have read thus far, I found myself thinking about The Moral Bucket List the most. In it, Brooks suggests that…


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What Will You Leave Out?

[A version of this article was posted on HuffingtonPost.com.] Last week, my children and I tagged along on my husband’s business trip. Wanting to get some work done while away, I took my laptop and four work-related books (this, this, this, and this) I’ve been meaning to finish or start. I ended up not touching any of these.…


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Building Courage and Confidence to Cope with Friendship Difficulties

A number of interesting articles about relationships appeared last week. Here are two very different ones that caught my attention, in case you missed them: here and here. These articles were published close to Valentine’s Day, so it isn’t surprising that they focused on romantic relationships. But rarely discussed, in February, or at any time,…