Gretchen Rubin felt nostalgic when the last episode of The Office was announced, but the writer of The Happiness Project knew better than to mope. She primed her family to enjoy the final episode together through these four stages.
Going on a mission – collecting sea glass at the beach, visiting every baseball stadium, or trying every flavor of ice cream at the local store – creates an 'atmosphere for growth' for achieving goals and feeling happy.
7 tips to reignite the Twyla Tharp-style creativity in any parent. From note-taking to magazine-reading to Ms. Tharp's own trademark magpie inspiration box, this list will help parents find that special inspirational spark.
That's the message of our happiness expert, who writes that something as simple as keeping a tidy bed can make your whole family happier.
7 ancient tips to good behavior, straight from the sage Erasmus and his compatriots, the esteemed Francis Bacon, Sydney Smith and Lord Chesterfield, as recommended by our resident happiness expert.
The giving and receiving of praise is one of life's most exquisite pleasures, says our happiness expert.
Gold stars – and all those stickers of appreciation kids clamor for – are signs of recognition that adults want, too. Here are 7 tips for doling out praise Kids want gold stars, so do adults: 7 tips for doling out praise in front of and behind the recipient's back.
Hugs and happiness: one family's resolution to make coming home a special occasion, and to share their love for each other with warm greetings and farewells. How did the resolution turn out? Read our happiness expert's post to find out.
May Day is a day of dancing and maypoles, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the history and culture south of the border and Leap Day is always silly fun. Our happiness expert writes that no holiday is too small to celebrate as a family.
In pursuit of happiness, parents can find joy in daily routines. While changing up your day can add novelty, our happiness expert believes that there is pleasure to be had in the repetition of reading a daily newspaper or even sweeping the floor.
Parents sometimes can spend so much time thinking about being adults that they forget the wonders of holding a soft fleece blanket, or creating a castle out of Play-Doh. Perhaps the key to true happiness can be found when you embrace your inner child.
Parenting can be a search for your kid's next milestone, rather than reveling in the happiness of the here and now, or that finish line of the moment.
Recent studies question whether – really, truly – having children makes you happy. Even though it isn't all playgrounds and valedictorian addresses – taking the bad with the good can actually add up to happiness.