Every morning, fill your mind with good news.Good news: I woke up in a warm bed.Good news: I have a roof over my head.

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Research suggests that spending money on an experience brings more happiness than buying a possession, so instead of buying that new shirt or piece of jewelry, use money to plan a party, go to a concert, or visit a new neighborhood or a new city.

Whatever the week ahead brings, may you hang on tightly to your sense of humor and your patience. May you find moments of peace and beauty amid the chaos. May your compassion be deep enough to include yourself. And may your coffee be strong and plentiful.

Do Something New

Novelty and challenge serve as important engines of happiness; we’re happiest when we have new experiences. Even small steps, such as going to new restaurants or seeing different sets of friends, can give us a boost. In fact, positive events make us happier when they’re not predictable, because the surprise makes the experience more intense.

“When one loves, one does not calculate.”

— St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Take this moment. Relax your shoulders. Relax your jaw.Inhale slow. Exhale slower. Soften your gaze.Now be. Just be. 

Secrets of Adulthood

  • The quickest way to progress from A to B is not to work the hardest.
  • It’s easier to prevent pain than to squelch it (literally and figuratively).
  • Where you start makes a big difference in where you end up.