Category Archives: Happiness

Life Is Like Enchiladas

I recently mentioned to someone that I had made enchiladas, and they asked if it was hard. My initial thought was no, it isn’t, but then I amended that: it isn’t hard now. It used to be. I remember a time when I rarely made enchiladas, when it seemed like a huge hassle to prepare […]

The Human Operating System

A friend who is a life coach often asks on social media, what are you doing to practice self-care? My answer is usually, “More than you could possibly imagine.” There are so many moving parts in my self-care repertoire that sometimes it feels a self-indulgent. But I’ve learned the hard way that if I neglect […]

The U-Curve of Happiness

Today I turn 53, and it’s one of the happiest birthdays of my life. Last year, 52 was wonderful, too. My worst birthdays? 47 and 50.  I’m sure part of the explanation is what I was doing (or not doing), and with (or without) whom, on those birthdays. But part of it might have been that birthdays 47 […]

We are what we repeatedly do

If we say we are a writer, but we do not write every day, we are not a writer. If we say we are kind, but we treat people thoughtlessly and commit a thousand small, unintentional cruelties, we are not kind. If we say we are open and honest, but present a glittering facade on […]

Are you happy?

The other day I was talking with a friend about the problem of happiness. Not that being happy is a problem. But so many people I know aren’t happy, and that (to them, at least) is a problem. Whether it’s a problem for me, too, depends on whether I choose to make it one. I know […]

When life and comedy and scripture collide

The last couple of weeks have felt kind of like a test. So many things have gone awry, so many little and medium-sized challenges and annoyances and unexpected expenses and repairs and things not working as they should.  I have taken some of them in stride, and others, not so much. By coincidence, the movie […]