Category: Happiness

Running for pleasure, or running to train

I have been traveling a lot lately, and Philadelphia has been rainy. This has been a problem because I need to do another long run or two before my scheduled half-marathon in mid-June. I looked at my schedule for today, while I have been in New York, and I realized I had an open slot in the afternoon. I could go to Central Park and run. It was a beautiful day, and so I di… read more »

Some days I do not want to run 10 miles

This headline is misleading. I would venture that most days I do not feel like running 10 miles. Most days I follow that urge! But Sunday was a tougher decision. I was registered to run the Broad Street 10-miler through Philadelphia. I have run the race twice before, and my times have been bad. In my defense: the first time I was 20 weeks pregnant. The second time I… read more »

Reader question: I am unhappy in my job. What should I do with my life?

Our reader question this week comes from a woman we will call Wanda. She works full-time for a smallish firm, managing HR (among other things). The job is incredibly flexible. She knows how to do it well and efficiently. Indeed, she has managed to work out an arrangement where she works from home two days a week, but she does not work much on those days. She does al… read more »

Should you plan your leisure time, or does that take the fun out of it?

In the common narrative, we are all scheduled to the hilt. Our work lives are dictated by 15-minute slots on Outlook. So should you treat your leisure time the same way, scheduling in that workout and drinks with a friend? No! Say researchers at Washington University. According to a series of studies (written up in Time -- originally in Health -- see link here)… read more »

The impossibility of complete happiness

Much of my recent spring break trip to San Diego was kid-focused. Sea World, the zoo, Legoland, etc. But each of the parents got one day off. In the course of skipping Disneyland, I went for a long run along the Pacific Ocean. For a runner, this was about as far from the treadmill as one can go. The waves crashed against the cliffs. The sun glinted off the water like t… read more »