9 Ways to Ease Overwhelm


Ever feel like you are constantly drinking from a firehose of information? We have more information (and stuff) coming at us than ever before. In 1976, supermarkets stocked, on average, 9,000 items. Today, they stock an average of 40,000 items. According to cognitive neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, information scientists have quantified how overwhelmed by information the […]

In honor of World Gratitude Day (today!), please share something that you are really appreciating in your life right now below. And if you have 3 minutes, check out this video where I share exactly why gratitude works to make us happier and healthier.

Please Stop Interrupting Me!

Why interruptions make us irritable, anxious, and unproductive


Several years ago, I devised a system for quickly getting into the “zone” while I wrote. Free from distractions and interruptions, I wrote quickly, joyfully, and with surprisingly little effort. But then we moved, and now my husband and I both work mostly from home. And although we work in separate rooms, at opposite ends […]

Why Being a Stepmom Makes Me a Better Parent

Happy Step Family Day!


Though you probably didn’t realize that today is a national holiday celebrating blended families (who knew?), I’m taking a moment to relish being a stepmom. I absolutely adore my stepchildren, and I’m grateful that they’ve given me the opportunity to become a much better mother. Imagine, if you’ll indulge me for a minute, what it […]

How to be Yourself


People seem to be taking issue with my claim that happiness comes when we live with total integrity—when we stop people-pleasing and start living more authentically. I understand entirely why a lot of people fear the sort of transparency and honesty I’m advocating. We are clannish beings, with nervous systems that evolved to profoundly fear […]