happiness


self-promotion and selflessness
Finding the sweet spot that lies between self-promotion and selflessness is the focus of this second in a two-part series on practicing happiness. To read part 1, click here. Lately, I have been hearing from my clients that they feel increasing pressure to put their best selves forward: While fully recognizing that their peers post…

Somewhere between Self-promotion and Selflessness: Practicing Happiness, Part 2


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. For part 2 of this series, click here. During our renovation, we were very fortunate to have been able…

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