As I’ve noted before, I’ve done a lot of reading on happiness. One consistent finding of studies across the spectrum is that older people are happier than the rest of us.
Despite the declining health that accompanies old age, study after study finds that happiness increases into our senior years.
The freedom of childhood is less happy. The health of young adulthood doesn’t compare. The financial stability of middle age doesn’t do it for us.
So what is it about seniors that makes them happy? And what can we learn from them?
Continue reading “As Happy as an Old Person”
You always have a choice.
This is not an empty maxim. Not an inspirational quote.
It is a fact of life. And recognizing this fact will make you happier and allow you to live a better life.
There are times when things happen to us that are outside of our control. But it is always our choice how we respond (or react) to them. Continue reading “You Always Have a Choice”
Usually when I think about articles to write, I start with the research.
My articles on happiness stem from research in positive psychology or from reading different philosophies of life.
When I write about money it is based in studies and statistics and calculation.
Today, I want to talk about something that I don’t have research on. Instead, this is something that I have used in my life for years and have found very helpful.
It’s a sort of mantra. A reminder to myself when things get stressful.
Respond. Don’t react. Continue reading “Respond. Don’t React.”
If you’ve spent much time around these parts you may have noticed that I read a lot. One way that I find new books is by seeing who the authors that I like are reading.
Turns out, a lot of them have read Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck. Continue reading “How to Grow Your Mind”
Here at Optimize Your Life we’ve talked about the need for more focus in our lives.
One way to achieve that, which we have explored previously, is to avoid multitasking.
But multitasking is not the only force assaulting our focus. One other major distractor is unfinished tasks. Continue reading “Make a Plan! (Or Don’t)”
In my last post I discussed multitasking as something to avoid. I pulled one quote and one experiment to show that multitasking was bad and then moved on with my point.
As a lawyer, I feel the need to double back and support my argument. While many of you agreed, I recognize that I have not actually done the work to convince you that multitasking is, in fact, bad for productivity.
Everyone does it these days. There is so much going on and so many different sources of media that you can’t always help it.
Plus, aren’t you getting more done by doing multiple things at once? Doesn’t squeezing more things into the same time slot mean that you can accomplish more?
Well, no. And here’s why: Continue reading “Being More Productive By Doing Less (At Once)”
45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, while another 17% make them occasionally. Of those who make resolutions, only 8% successfully achieve their goals.
That’s pretty depressing.
We’re all about self-improvement around here. While I don’t usually set New Year’s resolutions, I set goals and work to build better habits all the time. With that in mind, let’s look into making better resolutions so that you can set yourself up for success.
Continue reading “How Not to Fail at Your New Year’s Resolution”