Thank You Notes: Just Do It

Are you a perfectionist when it comes to trying to craft the perfect thank you note? If so, Dan Ariely has some solid advice for you in the email exchange below. Dear Dan, I know I should probably write thank-you notes for the holiday gifts I received, but I’m bad at composing them. I end … Continue reading Thank You Notes: Just Do It

Best. News. Ever? Dan Ariely Says to “Stop Making Small Talk”

I've written a few times about how uncomfortable I am making small talk. And it doesn't matter if it's someone I know or a complete stranger. So imagine my excitement when I saw the headline for Dan's most recent Wall Street Journal advice column: "Stop Making Small Talk. No One Will Miss It." Here was … Continue reading Best. News. Ever? Dan Ariely Says to “Stop Making Small Talk”

Power Corrupts. Or At Least Causes You to Say ‘Thanks’ Less Often

From today's Dan Ariely column in the Wall Street Journal: Dear Dan, This past year I’ve worked alongside a wonderful group of colleagues. I am so thankful to have worked on this team. I’ve just been promoted and will now manage the same group. I worry that this will change my relationship with its members. … Continue reading Power Corrupts. Or At Least Causes You to Say ‘Thanks’ Less Often

How to Trick Your Kids, and Maybe Readers of Your Blog

This week's column from Dan Ariely may offer the key to how to get more people to read your blog. Here's the question he received: The only way I can get my kids to eat fruits and vegetables is to reward them for it, usually with screen time. My sister allows my nieces to eat … Continue reading How to Trick Your Kids, and Maybe Readers of Your Blog

Proceed at Your Own Risk

This post from Dan Ariely hit close to home. It's an issue I think of every time I hit the Publish button and I wonder how people are going to react when they are trying to decide whether they should read my blog post or not. Dear Dan, My boss is a night owl, and … Continue reading Proceed at Your Own Risk

Resolving Relationship Conflicts Through Texting?

From Dan Ariely's mailbox: I’ve gotten used to the amount of communication that occurs via text nowadays and even sometimes prefer it. However, when it comes to resolving relationship conflicts, having a face-to-face conversation still feels like the right approach to me. Would you agree with my intuition that people can better resolve their issues … Continue reading Resolving Relationship Conflicts Through Texting?

Another Year, Another Wonderful Night of Trick or Treating

I wasn't aware of this until right before I came up with the idea for tonight's post. But somehow I have written a post about Halloween for each of the past five years. Well, now it is six years in a row. As I have written in past years, we live in the perfect neighborhood … Continue reading Another Year, Another Wonderful Night of Trick or Treating

“I’ve Got to Write My Stupid Blog”

I heard myself saying that to my wife the other night, and I realized it wasn't the first time I've uttered those words. It was after 9:00 at night, I was tired, and I had no idea what I was going to write about. Unfortunately, that's a fairly common scenario (and now you know why … Continue reading “I’ve Got to Write My Stupid Blog”

Despite First Impressions, There’s a Chance You Like Me…

In this week's column, Dan Ariely looks at an issue I have often thought about, first impressions. Being on the quiet side, I often think that I do not make a good first impression. To be honest, I blame it on my quiet side, but in reality, there could be several things about me that … Continue reading Despite First Impressions, There’s a Chance You Like Me…

Do You Suffer from the Perfection Premium?

In this week's Ask Dan column, Dan answers a reader's question about a phenomenon known as the perfection premium. Dear Dan, Every time my sister hosts a dinner party, she insists that every last tidbit of food she serves be homemade. This high standard is wearing on her. To make her life easier, I proposed … Continue reading Do You Suffer from the Perfection Premium?