Allowing Ourselves to Feel Joy During the Day

By Leo Babauta I’ve come to the realization that most of us don’t allow ourselves to feel joy most days. Sure, maybe on some kind of big occasion, we’ll let ourselves run around whooping with joy … but mostly not. Think about you past week: have they been joyful and wondrous? Or routine, full of […]

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How to Be Happy When You’re in an Unhappy Situation

By Leo Babauta Sometimes life throws you into a miserable situation, and it can seem pretty dark. Just a few examples of unhappy situations: You lost a loved one You received bad news Your finances are messed up You’re having a bad day at work Your partner is mad at you or has broken up […]

How to Be Happy When You’re in an Unhappy Situation

By Leo Babauta Sometimes life throws you into a miserable situation, and it can seem pretty dark. Just a few examples of unhappy situations: You lost a loved one You received bad news Your finances are messed up You’re having a bad day at work Your partner is mad at you or has broken up […]

How to Be Happy When You’re in an Unhappy Situation

By Leo Babauta Sometimes life throws you into a miserable situation, and it can seem pretty dark. Just a few examples of unhappy situations: You lost a loved one You received bad news Your finances are messed up You’re having a bad day at work Your partner is mad at you or has broken up […]

Develop Resiliency: How to Move Towards Your Fears

By Leo Babauta One of the things we tend to do habitually is move away from things we’re afraid of. How very human, how very loving, to protect ourselves! Unfortunately that tendency to avoid fears is exactly what limits us. We avoid our fear of pain, humiliation, anxiety, looking stupid, failing … and we develop […]

How We’re Harmed by Our Dissatisfaction with Ourselves

By Leo Babauta Over the last five years or so, as I’ve worked with thousands of people on changing their habits, I’ve come to a realization: dissatisfaction with ourselves is a pretty universal phenomenon. We are unhappy with who we are, sometimes in small ways but often in very fundamental ways. We doubt ourselves, feel […]

My Mission: Help the World Transform Fear into Openness & Joy

By Leo Babauta When I started Zen Habits 10 years ago, I simply wanted to share what I’d been learning about changing my habits and simplifying my life with others. Then something magical happened. Over the next year or two, people took some of my tips and changed their lives. They were able to finally […]

Finding Beauty in Every Freakin’ Moment, No Matter What

By Leo Babauta How often are we anxious, frustrated, looking forward to something coming up, unhappy with ourselves, unhappy with others? How often are we not happy with what’s going on in this present moment? What if we could, instead, be completely in love with this moment? What if, no matter what happened, we could […]