Ep18: facts of the matter with fluffy | does your smartphone make you smarter

In Episode 18 of the Happy Human Handbook Podcast we get the true scoop from guest contributor Fluffy, who suggests we all may have been victims of false advertising. Despite their name, and despite all the time we spend interacting with them, she thinks our devices have robbed us of our brains, our memories, and our common sense. Listen here…

just this

What if I told you there was one thing that you could do that would make the challenges in your life easier to bear, while also allowing you to extract more joy from each moment? Would you try it? Considering the potential benefits, might you even commit yourself to practicing it once in a while —much like you might have once rehearsed the clarinet or your tennis swing or whatever that thing is that makes you good at your job? Read more…

go together

We don’t have to let go of all of our opinions and agree on everything. I know, fat chance. Right? We don’t even really need to like each other (though, that might be nice.) We just need to respect each other enough to see that a liveable future is essential to all of us, no matter what we might still be arguing about when we get there. But—to ensure we arrive, let’s go together. Read more…

rowboat living

Are you living your life like you are rowing a boat—moving forward, but always looking backward? Clinging to the well-worn grooves of our past comes at a cost—as we give into inertia we sacrifice adventure, growth, innovation, and the chance to evolve beyond ourselves and discover something outside the bounds of our sometimes-limited imaginations. Read more…

the l-word

These days, unless you write greeting cards for a living, grown-up, serious people don’t say the “l-word.” At least not in public. But, no matter how you slice, it environmental sustainability is all about the love. Because regardless of what you “love” to do in the world—whether build skyscrapers, ride bikes, trade stocks, make quilts, or feed the homeless—you need the environment to get it done. Period. Read more…

share the load

Every once in a while (and oftentimes when we least expect it) the sh*t in our lives hits the fan…and in a major, monumental, and earth-shattering way. When that happens we have two choices: fake that we’re fine and go it alone or share the burden of that load with our friends. Reaching out can feel risky, but it can also bring mutual benefit in our relationships and leave us free to focus on moving forward and rediscovering joy. Read more…

what if everybody did

One reason we don’t take action to make the world a better place is because we believe we could never make a difference. But another way to look at it is that when any one of us refuses to do what we can, we’re actually just being a weenie. The good news is that if we changed our minds and everybody did what they could, we’d shift the status quo. But “all of us” starts with ONE OF US. Read more…

10 top ten lists to live well, be kind, and get happy

Okay, I’ll be honest—they aren’t all lists of 10, some are 7 or 9, or 100 (so sue me)—but despite the false advertising you’ll still find groovy suggestions and resources in the realms of: mindfulness, simplifying, happiness, wholehearted living, communication, health, diet, productivity, money, and climate change. It’s like one-stop shopping for a better you and a better world…how cool is that? Read more…

mortality—the ultimate deadline

We all have a lot of run-of-the-mill deadlines in our lives that are rarely ever a matter of life and death.  It’s okay to procrastinate on those until the minute before—but don’t put off following your heart. If there’s something you want to accomplish—something you want to share or do or say—you’d better get on it. Don’t wait. Because, for every single one of us, mortality is the ultimate deadline. Read more…

what's sustainability got to do with me

When people insist they don’t need to sustain the environment because it doesn’t have anything to do with them, it makes me feel like I’m starring in an episode of The Emperor’s New Clothes.  If we care about ourselves, our families, our aspirations, and the other folks we share the planet with, we must understand that caring about sustainability is essential, too—because sustainability has “everything” to do with you and me. Read more…

Ep9: over yonder with mary betsy | living well together

In Episode 9 of the Happy Human Handbook Podcast we hear from guest contributor Mary Betsy, who reminds us that what goes around comes around. These days we all live both “upstream” and “downstream” from other people in the world, so it makes sense that we try to take each other’s well-being into consideration and learn to live well together. Listen here…

too much of a good thing

We all love those endless blue-sky summer days that are perfect for picnics, bike rides, and lazy afternoons at the beach, but too much of a good thing is, well, not a good thing. When the world is so parched that farting in the forest is likely to start a wildfire, we need tools that both conserve and preserve water as the precious resource it is. Read more…