Forget about the money, follow your bliss

by Todd Hebert on March 28, 2013

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A friend of mine graduated from college last year with a degree in business administration. His dream was to major in engineering and pursue a career in designing high-tech electronics. But his father, the owner of a bakery chain franchise, convinced him a business degree was a more realistic and sensible decision. My friend now […]


The concept of happiness: 5 essential books

by Todd Hebert on March 21, 2013

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The concept of happiness is a subject that endlessly engrosses me and is often the subject of Hipster Monk posts. Humans strive for happiness. People ask: What does it take to live a happy life? Money? Success? Sex? Family? Faith? Is there some secret that no one is telling me? I don’t have the ultimate […]


Money can buy happiness

by Todd Hebert on January 24, 2013

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Recent studies have shown that the phrase, “money can’t buy happiness” may not necessarily be correct. While it’s true that money in not a prerequisite for happiness, it can make life easier and promote happiness, but only if it is spent in the right way. In the animated video below, AsapSCIENCE explains that “people who […]


Zen and the Art of Happiness

by Todd Hebert on January 11, 2013

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Zen and the Art of Happiness Chris Prentiss Power Press (2006) Chris Prentiss opens Zen and the Art of Happiness by writing, “there is only one way to achieve lasting happiness. That way is simply: be happy.” It’s a great opening that made me eager to read on. Unfortunately, the rest of the slim 145 […]


New Year’s non-resolution

by Todd Hebert on December 31, 2012

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New year’s resolutions don’t work. I don’t have to tell you this. You already know. So, why do you keep making them and breaking them year after year. You’re not going to lose weight, quit smoking, find a new job, eat healthier, exercise more, stick to a savings plan or anything else based on a […]


MLK preaches peace on Christmas

by Todd Hebert on December 25, 2012

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first delivered A Christmas Sermon on Peace on Christmas eve 1967, a few months before his violent death. As relevant now as it was 43 years ago, here are excerpts from the simple yet profoundly moving address. This Christmas season finds us a rather bewildered human race. We have neither […]


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The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking Oliver Burkeman Faber & Faber, inc. (2012) Newsflash: life isn’t always a bowl of cherries. There are a lot of happy, joyful events that happen every day, but there is also a lot of sadness, failure and stress. Is the key to happiness focusing on […]


An alternative to buying my kids more crap for Christmas

by Todd Hebert on December 18, 2012

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I have two kids, ages 11 and 9. I’m not buying them anything for Christmas this year. No, the reason is not because they have been bad and don’t deserve anything. On the contrary, I couldn’t be more proud of them. And I’m not trying to protest our country’s obsession with consumerism by denying them […]


My last cigarette ever

by Todd Hebert on November 28, 2012

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Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times. -Mark Twain I’ve just smoked my last cigarette…ever. I say this with complete sincerity, but those who know me laugh at this declaration. Like Mark Twain, I’ve had countless “last cigarettes” over the past few years. […]

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Taming the monkey

by Todd Hebert on November 21, 2012

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I spend a lot of time thinking about self improvement. Most thoughtful people do. Currently on my short-term agenda is: taking better care of my body (quitting smoking, eating better) making my newly adopted vegan lifestyle work without going crazy and wasting away being more friendly and less judgmental to friends and strangers disciplining myself […]


Zen master pets [Booklist]

by Todd Hebert on November 18, 2012

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Guardians of Being Eckhart Tolle & Patrick McDonnell New World Library (2009) Dogs and cats have a divine purpose. Part of that purpose is to help us humans realize the joy of living in the present moment. At least that is the take-home message of Guardians of Being, a book collaboration by spiritual guru Eckhart […]


No, not those Ten Commandments

by Todd Hebert on November 17, 2012

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To billions around the globe, the Ten Commandments are a fundamental set of rules to base ones moral and religious lives. To many others, outside of the Judea-Christian tradition, the set of guidelines is problematic or simply unnecessary. Like the Golden Rule and the Seven Deadly Sins, several other versions of the Ten Commandments exist. […]


Smiling really works!

by Todd Hebert on November 11, 2012

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It’s true what they say about smiling. A simple smile, even a forced one, can change one’s mood. I tried it and the effects were instant and undeniable. Hold up one second. I know what you’re thinking: damned new age hippie. I don’t blame you. Before writing this post I thought long and hard about […]