Independently Happy

I take happiness seriously. So you don't have to.

Open Plan Office

If you’re used to your office or cubical, moving to an open plan office can be miserable and overwhelming. If you find Time Square (or your Facebook feed ) frantic, noisy and distracting (and maybe a little tacky), then you are probably going to struggle in an open plan office. There are ways to cope, […]

Discounts and Distractions

This is a story I shared with my email list a few days after Christmas last year. I received great feedback on it and wanted to share it as a blog post, but who wants to hear a Christmas story in January? I mean other than me. Not everyone is on board with Christmas, but […]

Gift Bags Vs. Gift-Wrapping

gift bags vs. gift-wrapping

It’s November, the beginning of the holidays! Gifts start taking a higher priority now. Perhaps you’ve participated in the biggest shopping weekend of the year, and now you’ve got piles of gifts that need wrapping. You either have received a gift bag or have realized at the last minute you need to buy a gift, […]

An Experiment [Bonus Post]

an Experiment

[I’m adding an additional this additional bonus post.  It seemed timely.  Ish.  I hope it explains itself.  If not, let me know, and I’ll explain later.  Thanks for reading!] Several writers have recommended not  editing as I write as a means to boost productivity.  I’ve already backpspaced several times just in once sentence, so maybe […]

How Bad Times Increase Happiness in the Long Run

bad-times-increase-happiness

We try to find the path of least resistance. We try to avoid pain, discomfort, and inconvenience. We try to blend in instead of stand out. We do anything we can to avoid any form of unpleasantness. Comfort and pleasure don’t bring us long-term happiness, though. This is how bad times increase happiness in the […]