Jun 17

That Time I Didn’t Buy the Shoes

  That Time I didn’t Buy the Shoes   I try to limit the amount of new things that come into my life. Blame it on minimalism, laziness, environmentalism, dementia or maybe a combination. This is a deep seated philosophy that has slowly developed over time, and as usual, it is based on happiness. It …

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Jun 10

Calling All Bloggers: Help Me Create a Blogroll

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  Blogging I have made no secret of the fact that much of my inspiration for blogging came from reading other blogs. Before I burned out from my job, the only blogs I read were mainly doom and gloom type. I was concerned about politics, peak oil and economic collapse to name a few cheery …

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Jun 03

Make Your Life Upgrade Proof

Upgrade proof jacket

There are two ways of being happy: We may either diminish our wants or augment our means- either will do- the result is the same. But if you are wise, you will do both at the same time; and if you are very wise you will do both in such a way as to augment …

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May 27

Why Relationships Matter

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Relationships Relationships are the foundation of a meaningful life. We are surrounded by others, and we largely define ourselves by our relationships. Although life is a single player game, we are not solitary beings. We depend on others for our survival, both physical and spiritual, and life is simply better when we share our successes …

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May 20

The Problem With Self-Help

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  Self-Help If you are anything like me, chances are at some point your life was a mess. You may have turned to the self-help-industrial-complex for answers. It certainly makes a lot of promises. Lifestyle gurus tell us to just do “X” and our life will be wonderful. So many promises are made, but like …

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May 14

The Value of Giving Your Stuff Away

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Give your stuff away After sorting through our physical possessions and identifying the clutter, there is now the challenge of what to do with it. There are many ways to get rid of physical clutter from simply throwing it away to recycling it to selling it. I have done all of these things and they …

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May 07

Eliminating Clutter: Measure Once, Cut Twice

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Measure once, cut twice. I’ve written quite a bit about clutter recently. Clutter is on my mind. My brain has been cluttered with thoughts of clutter, and yes, I do appreciate the irony. Clutter limits our freedom and happiness by stealing our time, money, energy and maybe more importantly, our attention.   Recently I’ve been …

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Apr 29

Life is a Single Player Game

the view from above

Single player game   Life is a single player game. You’re born alone. You’re going to die alone. All of your interpretations are alone. All your memories are alone. You’re gone in three generations and no one cares. Before you showed up nobody cared. It’s all single player. Naval Ravikant   I stumbled upon this …

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Apr 16

Social Media is Clutter

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Clutter Clutter is everywhere in our lives, and getting rid of it increases our happiness. This is the third post in a loose collection of articles on decluttering. First I discussed my experiences with and benefits of what we all think of when we hear the word clutter:  getting rid of actual physical possessions. Next …

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Apr 10

Falling into Happiness

falling into happiness

[Editor’s note: Today’s article is a guest post written by my brother, who is not only younger and better looking than me, but a pretty good writer as well. He has some great stories and an insightful philosophy on life. I’m delighted to share this one with you. Enjoy.-HP]   When you fall, I’ll be …

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