happiness


take for granted
In celebration of International Happiness Day, I am recycling an old article I wrote in 2010 about recognizing what we take for granted. It’s an easy way to start practicing happiness and build confidence every day. During our renovation, we were very fortunate to have been able to rent a friend’s vacant apartment close by.…

Recognize What You Take For Granted: How To Practice Happiness (Part 1)


Three Wishes for Women
This holiday season, I have three wishes for women. They are based on what I have heard and observed over the course of many years interviewing mothers as a researcher and working with women as a coach. My three wishes for women: I wish you time to develop inner peace. Matthieu Ricard describes this as…

Three Wishes for Women


happy at work, find flow
“If you want to be happy at work, find flow.” You’ve probably heard this advice before. But, what is flow? Let’s go to the source. In this book note, I summarize the key elements of flow as described in Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He and his colleagues have conducted numerous studies…

Stacy’s Book Note: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience



excellent sheep
When I first heard about William Deresiewicz‘s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, I assumed it was yet another critique of Millennials. But, when a friend I respect strongly recommended it to me and loaned me his copy, I thought I’d give it a skim. I soon found I couldn’t put it down. Indeed, Deresiewicz does describe how elite…

Stacy’s Book Note: Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to ...


no work-life balance
I’ve been immersed in the topic of career-family conflict since 1993, when I decided to go to graduate school after a short stint working in advertising. Guess what? The landscape has changed very little since then. According to this New York Times book review, Anne Marie Slaughter’s new book highlights the same issues many other…

No Work-Life Balance? Try Four Shifts


When I worked at the Families and Work Institute, I regularly analyzed data from The National Study of the Changing Workforce. One of my responsibilities was to field media requests. If reporters called needing a stat about employees at large companies, it was my job to find them the answer. I don’t remember many of…

Why You’re Unhappy with Your Work and Four Steps to Feeling Better



happiness a guide
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…

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


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…

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


[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.…

What Will You Leave Out?