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Happiness Tip: Disconnect

Turn off your cell phone — really and truly, totally off — for several hours today.

Yosemite 2013Technology can be addictive, and it can change the core of who we are as people. Researchers believe that when we are over-connected to technology (including our email, the Internet, and our cell phones) we can become more impatient, impulsive, forgetful — and even more self-centered. These qualities do not make us happier people or better parents.

Disconnecting from technology can help us reconnect with who we really are, what is truly important to us, and what really makes us happy.

Take Action: This week, designate time to fully unplug. Perhaps you unplug during dinner, or from 9:00 pm to 9:00 am.

Join the Discussion: When will you disconnect?


  1. Mary Kaiser says:

    We are lucky enough to have a cabin in the mountains where we don’t get cell or internet. Even my 12 and 14 year old sons agree that it is a really nice break. When people ask “what do you do there?” I tell them just hang, play cards, make meals, read, go for walks. What a nice change from our hectic lives. Strongly recommend it!!

  2. Judy C. says:

    I turn my phone off every night – only exception is when my parents are not doing well and I anticipate I might get a late night emergency call. Most of the time, not knowing when an emergency could occur, I just turn it off and hope for the best. I also do not turn on my computer on Sundays – with a few exceptions. 🙂 That gives me a full day without access to email since my phone doesn’t have internet access…for which I am most often grateful.

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