Cindy Somerville

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The 10 Best Small Towns In America

In a time when "authentic" is a travel buzzword, these hamlets are attracting visitors with an often unexpected—and surprisingly sophisticated—array of independent and locally-minded cultural, outdoor, and culinary offerings, all minus the urban price tags.<p>The only downside to all this small town …

Yellowstone National Park

Texas District Attorney's Death Could Be Part of Larger Plot

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia Woodward McLelland were found …

As Kim Jong-Un Likens Nukes to 'Treasure,' U.S. Sends More Fighter Jets

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>North Korea ratcheted up its vague but unending threats against the United States, South Korea and …

Cesar Millan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog

• <b>Author:</b> Cesar Millan<p>After more than 9 seasons as TV’s Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan has a new mission: to use his unique insights about dog psychology to create stronger, happier relationships between humans and their canine companions.<p>Now in paperback, this inspirational and practical guide draws on …

A Big Little Life

• <b>Author:</b> Dean Koontz<p><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><br>In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into …

Oogy

• <b>Author:</b> Larry Levin<p>In the bestselling tradition of <i>Rescuing Sprite</i> comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.<p>In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to …

The Genius of Dogs

• <b>Author:</b> Brian Hare & Vanessa Woods<p><i>For readers of Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz, this New York Times</i> bestseller offers mesmerizing insights into the interior lives of our smartest pets<br>In the past decade, we have learned more about how dogs think than in the last century. Breakthroughs in …

The Righteous Mind

• <b>Author:</b> Jonathan Haidt<p><b>This well-researched examination of human moral impulses will appeal to liberals and conservatives alike following the 2016 presidential campaign and election, from the author of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation</b> …

Dying to Be Me

• <b>Author:</b> Anita Moorjani<p>In this truly inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body-overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system-began shutting down. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death …

Follow This: 16 Twitter Stars To Add To Your Feed Now

Is your Twitter feed uninspiring and full of the same old same old? Fast Company editors help you liven it up with some our favorites–the most inspirational, informative, news-breaking, and original voices we love to follow.<p>If your Twitter feed is scrolling by fast and furious, and yet there’s …

Social Media

If You Want More or Less of Something in Your Life, Measure It.

You know how when you become interested in an idea, it seems as though everything in the world relates to that idea? For example, for a long time, I …

Eight Excellent Tips for Living that My Parents Gave Me.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day.<br>This Wednesday: Eight excellent tips for living my parents gave me.<p>My mother:<br>--“<b>Stay calm</b>.” My mother probably reminds of …

“We Have Found That Almost Any Types of Acts of Kindness Boost Happiness.”

Happiness interview: <b>Sonja Lyubomirsky</b>.<p>I got to know Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky through her work, which includes the fascinating book <b>The How of</b> …

Have Fun That’s Actually Fun—For You.

One of my favorite Secrets of Adulthood is "<b>Just because something is fun for other people doesn't mean it's fun for me, and vice versa</b>." This sounds …

The twenty-seven most important rules for keeping your house in order.

• Never buy “souvenirs.”<br>• Somewhere, keep an entirely empty shelf or drawer.<br>• Strive to keep surfaces bare. Put away kitchen appliances you don’t use every …

Minimalism

Looking for Some Reading Suggestions in Children’s or Young-Adult Literature?

I've written many times about my love for children's and young-adult literature, and my three kidlit reading groups. A source of great happiness for …

Four Personality Types: Which One Are You?

<b>Assay</b>: Lately, I've been thinking a lot about <b>how different people respond to rules</b>--and I use "rules" broadly (see below for examples) to mean any …

Want an Exercise Routine You’ll Stick To? Ask Yourself These 11 Questions.

<b>Want an exercise routine you'll stick to? Ask yourself these eleven questions.</b><p>When I ask people what they'd like to do for their own happiness …

Revealed! Book Club Picks for February. Happy Reading.

Because <i>nothing</i> boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest:<p>One outstanding book about <b>happiness</b>.<br>• One outstanding work of <b>children’s</b> …

Guess: What’s the Most Popular Resolution for Happiness?

When people tell me they've done their own happiness projects, I always ask, "What resolutions did you try? What worked for you?"<p>One answer comes up …

72 Proverbs from Hell. (Not the Usual Hell.)

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day.<p>This Wednesday: <b>72</b> <b>Proverbs from Hell, by William Blake</b>.<p>I love <b>paradoxes</b>, <b>koans</b>, parables, proverbs,</b> …

Revealed! Book Club Picks for March. Happy Reading.

Because <i>nothing</i> boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest:<p>One outstanding book about <b>happiness</b>.<br>• One outstanding work of <b>children’s</b> …

Does Waiting in a Line Drive You Crazy? Here’s Why.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day.<br>This Wednesday: <b>8 reasons why waiting in line drives us crazy</b>.<p>I’m a very impatient person, and …

7 Tips To Fight the Deadly Feeling of Boredom.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day.<br>This Wednesday: 7 <b>tips for fighting boredom</b>.<p>One of the <b>patron saints</b> of my <b>Happier at Home</b> project, Samuel Johnson, wrote, <b>“It</b> …

Why undertaking a big, complex project can make you happy.

I’ve written before about my fascination with the strange, brilliant <i>Boy Castaways of Black Lake Island</i> by J. M. Barrie.*<p>A while back, I was reading a …

Try These 6 Quick Story Exercises to Spark Your Creativity.

At the recommendation of a friend, I read <b>Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting That You’ll Ever Need.</b> She told me that while …

A Secret to Happiness: Take a Vacation.

One secret to happiness is knowing when to give yourself a break.<p>And now it's vacation time for me. I'm off! Back in a week.<p>Do you have trouble …

Are You Boring Someone? Watch For These 7 Signs

<i>This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. Follow Gretchen Rubin on LinkedIn.</i><p>Like most people, I have several pet subjects – that may or may not be interesting to other people. Don’t get me started on happiness, or habits, or children’s literature, or Winston Churchill, unless you really want to …