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What do you want to accomplish with your clean slate?

Different milestones throughout the year give us the feeling that we have the opportunity to make a fresh start. What gives you this feeling — your birthday, the New Year, back-to-school? What might you plan to start fresh in 2018?


4 Ways to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Some 44 percent of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, but although resolutions are fun to make, they’re hard to keep. To help yourself keep yours, try these strategies.

1. Be specific. “Make more friends” and “Strengthen friendships” are vague resolutions. Make yours more concrete; “Remember birthdays,” “Make weekly plans with friends,” or “No gossip.”

2. Write it down.

3. Review your resolution constantly. If your resolution is buzzing through your head, it’s easier to stick to it.

4. Hold yourself accountable. Tell other people about your resolution, join or form a like-minded group, score yourself on a daily chart — whatever helps make you feel accountable.

When we act in a friendly way toward others, they’re much more likely to act in a friendly way toward us. For a week, as you move through your life, look for ways to be actively friendly as you engage with store clerks, strangers on the street, and other people waiting in line. Not just pleasant, but actually friendly. Be extra polite, offer up a little chitchat, be quick to respond. See if the world behaves differently.


We all have areas of our homes that have gone stagnant. Maybe your fridge is covered with photos and notes — but you never see those things anymore. Maybe you have a table crowded with photos — but you haven’t looked at the photos for years. Clear out that space; make room for something new. That area of your home will spring back into life, and you may even get a second hit of enjoyment from those items as you move them out of their accustomed places.


Little: Skip the Boring Parts

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A note on a friend’s computer taught me a giant lesson about writing–and life: Down with boredom. Skip the boring parts!


Little: Experience is a Great Teacher

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The great teacher is experience. A tough teacher, but a great teacher.


Ep. 105: Leave on a High Note 

Why we should try to end on a high note, child-like wonder vs. adult-like wonder, and a confession of unjust accusation. 

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Podcast 100: Celebration! We Asked Our Listeners to Ask Us Anything.