From the category archives:

Happiness

If you need a little help getting happy, we have lots of ideas, tricks, and mantras!

How to be a happy working Dad

May 26, 2013

Hello there to our readers who are fathers or have them in their lives. This one’s for you. Down the street from me lives Jeremy Adam Smith. Our sons mix it up in the same second grade and we’ve become playdate pals by association. In fact, his son’s legs are on the real balance board […]

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How did your Mother’s Day stack up?

May 13, 2013

I just read a novel in which one of the characters was an economist who specialized in the study of Happiness. He had created some formula, which I won’t be able to document exactly right, but the jist of it was Happiness = Reality – Expectations. Maybe there was some more complicated math in there, […]

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If you need a little help getting happy, we have lots of ideas, tricks, and mantras!

You don’t need my permission, but you have it anyway

December 19, 2012

I met Erin in my new mom support group; her son was 12 days older than Julian. We spent hours together with our babies when they were two and three months old, walking with strollers, going out to lunch, and when we went back to work, we created a nanny share at my house. She […]

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5 strategies to put HAPPY in your holidays

November 14, 2012

Reposted from the wayback machine because it’s that time of year! Generally speaking, my extended family on my husband’s side (AKA in-laws) are a wonderful bunch of people that we don’t see nearly enough. Because we live clear across the country, we’ve grown accustomed to our own way of doing things so getting together involves […]

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If you need a little help getting happy, we have lots of ideas, tricks, and mantras!

Why the bouncy seat makes me a better mom

May 31, 2012

Before having a baby, I had a very clear idea of what kind of mom I would be. Having read Babywise at the advice of a childless friend, I knew I would put my newborn on a schedule and fill my maternity leave with useful pursuits like crossing items off my to-do list and initiating […]

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5 fabulous blogs and then some

May 31, 2011

Thanks to Trop50 for sponsoring my writing about fabulous bloggers. This year Trop50 is granting 50 Fabulous Wishes. Click here to enter for a chance to win $1,000 to celebrate a friend with a refreshing attitude about looking and feeling fabulous! When I first agreed to share a short list of fabulous bloggers for this […]

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If you need a little help getting happy, we have lots of ideas, tricks, and mantras!

The Happiest Mom: Why you should own the book

April 29, 2011

Meagan Francis was inspired to write about being a happy mom when she didn’t feel represented in the typical modern-mom banter: parenting is hard, we miss our spontaneity, and ouch, I just stepped on a Playmobil pirate. And her book is for real. Known online as The Happiest Mom, Meagan provides a roadmap for being […]

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What does happy look like?

April 27, 2011

It seems that everywhere I turn, people are talking about the pursuit of happiness. Just yesterday, my husband received a postcard in the mail from his employer, a huge communications company. The postcard displayed a bar graph of his compensation with color coded segments for money, health benefits, and the pursuit of happiness (which was […]

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If you need a little help getting happy, we have lots of ideas, tricks, and mantras!

Reduce postpartum stress

March 25, 2010

Amongst my memories of high school, some of my fondest are laughing so hard that I cried (mostly in inappropriate situations, such as Psychology class or Yom Kippur services). One of the people who was frequently responsible for this behavior is Alison, pictured below. I was not at all surprised to learn that, as an […]

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Be selfish, be happy

February 4, 2010

As a mom of five children, Meagan Francis is no rookie. When she launched The Happiest Mom, I invited her to share some of her experience to inspire moms to have more fun during the first years of motherhood. She offers us some tips and reassurance that happy moms put themselves on top of the […]

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If you need a little help getting happy, we have lots of ideas, tricks, and mantras!

If you’re bored, then you’re boring

January 6, 2010

Just when I’ve run out of ways to say, “Don’t just read this website, DO some of the activities!” I read Meagan Francis’s post about how motherhood doesn’t have to be boring, although it is admittedly filled with boring moments. She urges her community to take action, to take responsibility for their own happiness. I […]

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Act the way you want to feel

April 9, 2009

Have you already heard about the Happiness Project? Gretchen Rubin took a year to test drive every happiness principle, tip, theory, and scientific study to try to see if any of them really worked. In her memoir (now available for pre-order) and blog, she goes into great detail about how each experiment fared in her […]

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