All in wellbeing

mind over matter

In our traditional western medical culture (and in the rest of society) we’re pretty hip on keeping the mind and the body, and ourselves and nature, separate from each other. But, these days were are becoming more and more aware of the very real and tangible connection between all of those systems, and the way in which those relationships impact our health or tendency toward disease. Read more…

never enough-ness

Raise your hand if find yourself falling into the trap of “I’ll be happy when…” Where the “success” you thought you needed to be happy, to feel really and finally good about yourself and your life, is always just beyond your reach. Well what if, with some awareness and practice, you could learn to strike a balance between the aspiration to reach your potential and the recognition of the potential happiness in THIS moment. Read more…

Ep19: moments with matilda | am i a jerk

In Episode 19 of the Happy Human Handbook Podcast we we join guest contributor Matilda Glockenschmocker who suggests that making things better might start with a look in the mirror…and a very simple question. Whether the world goes to hell in a hand basket or not may depend more than we think on whether each one of us chooses to favor ethics or self-interest day after day. Listen here…

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…

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…

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…

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…