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Simplify Your Life, Increase Your Happiness [Excerpt from Color Your Life Happy, 2nd ed.]

pumpkins at dodge's farm stand--New Boston, NH

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. —Henry David Thoreau In the movies of my childhood about the westward migration of Americans in the 1800s, there was always a string of rickety wagons loaded with families’ worldly possessions slowly crossing the prairies. Bed frames and rocking chairs were tied on top with pots and pans clanging against the sides. Drawn to what they hoped would be a more prosperous life on cheap land they’d … [Continue reading…]

Do More of What You Enjoy

Enjoying the typical tourist shot in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

It’s inevitable that as we get older, we will attend more funerals. There’s nothing that reminds us of our own mortality like watching our friends and contemporaries succumb to illnesses or die of … [Continue reading…]

Be Willing to Do What It Takes to Reach Your Goal

Now this may sound too obvious even to mention, but it’s true. Many years ago, when my kids watched Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, an American children’s TV series that began in the 1960s, one of his … [Continue reading…]

What Happiness is Not [an excerpt from Color Your Life Happy, 2nd edition]


Happiness is not the absence of sadness. Quite the contrary. Happy people acknowledge sadness and allow themselves to feel it. They choose to not be crushed by it, but instead learn from it and move … [Continue reading…]

It’s Time to Get Your Happy On


Enjoy the trailer below, then pre-order your autographed copy of Color Your Life Happy at ColorYourLifeHappy.comSpecial price available ONLY until October … [Continue reading…]