This article is by staff writer Holly Johnson. Earlier this month, my little family of four embarked on a much-needed spring getaway to the Caribbean. I’m sure that doesn’t sound frugal at all, but rest assured that it was.
Some acquaintances and I were hiking together in a new spot. Everywhere we turned there were things to behold — falcons perched, coyotes hunting, altars built — it was an experience I can’t wait to repeat.
Since we were all fairly new friends, we all had plenty to tell each other. There was very little silence, even in such an awe-inspiring place.
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” ― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936).
That’s what you tell yourself when you’re approaching the front door to a dreaded party.
Sure, you look calm on the outside, but on the inside yo
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Besides being an extremely useful tool, a pocket knife can be the the source of hours of cheap entertainment when you use it to play mumbley peg. Never heard of this game played by 19th-century cowboys and WWII soldiers?
“Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity.”
–Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain
What do you think — do you agree or disagree with Merton?
I’ve read a lot of Merton’s work, I have such a complex reaction to it — and his
The word happiness is defined in most cases as a feeling of contentment, or as a feeling ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happiness is an innate desire of the human being, and indeed it is our birthright. The universe in which we live is arranged to provide for our happiness through the dynamics of the law of attraction. That is, we draw to us that which we place our intent upon.
I haven’t spent nearly enough time in Japan, but we have a great community there and I hope to visit more often in the future. When the local version of The $100 Startup came out two years ago, it was a mega-bestseller, selling 100,000 copies in a short period of time.
I went over for a 36-hour visit that consisted of meeting journalists and talking to business magazines.
Everyone's different: we flock together and become friends mainly because we have common interests. For example, the only reason why we're close to our acquaintances is because we support the same sports team. In many cases, being different reached extreme levels and could have caused us to become isolated from the people around us, particularly our loved ones.
The winner of last week’s giveaway was Benjamin H. from Anchorage, Alaska. He chose the Tungsten Cube.
Mother’s Day Edition
Mother’s Day is coming up in a few weeks (May 10th!), so we’re dedicating this week’s giveaway to the Huckberry’s Mother’s Day Gift Shop. The shop is stocked with all kinds of unique quality gifts for the moms in your life.
By Leo Babauta
Today, I only have questions.
We’re striving for happiness and contentment, but when will we be there? I think we often see a time in the future when things will be better — we’ll have a better relationship, job, house, health situation, financial situation, and more.
Last week, I was in London for my book tour for Better Than Before. What a beautiful, beautiful city. And I took even greater pleasure in it, because I was reminded of Winston Churchill.
One of the great joys of my life was writing Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill, my biography of Churchill. What a pleasure it was to write that book!