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A Little Happier: Musician Rosanne Cash Reminds Me of a Paradox: Love Is Unconditional, and Love Is Demanding
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Musician Rosanne Cash Reminds Me of a Paradox: Love Is Unconditional, and Love Is Demanding

Musician and writer Rosanne Cash tells the story of a conversation she had with her husband, which was a terrific illustration of a paradox of love.
A Little Happier: Sometimes We Lash Out in Anger When In Fact We’re Feeling a Very Different Emotion
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Sometimes We Lash Out in Anger When In Fact We’re Feeling a Very Different Emotion

A poignant scene from Meredith Hall’s novel Beneficence, where a husband and father speaks with harsh words to deny his regrets, reminds me to show my love; others can only see my actions.
A Little Happier: Re-Framing the Situation Can Mean that Someone Unexpected Wins a Prize.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Re-Framing the Situation Can Mean that Someone Unexpected Wins a Prize.

Rebecca Caudill’s 1962 picture book “The Best-Loved Doll” tells the story of a little girl and her shabby, beloved doll, and the medal her doll won, when the truth was framed in a new way.
A Little Happier: A Question That Seemed to Make No Sense Was in Fact a Declaration of Love
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Question That Seemed to Make No Sense Was in Fact a Declaration of Love

In her memoir The Bread and the Knife, Dawn Drzal explains that her grandmother’s habit of asking her grandfather, “Is the pasta done?” made no sense to her, until years later, when she realized she’d been seeing a declaration of love.
A Little Happier: On My Wedding Anniversary, It Makes Me Happy to Remember What a Nurse Once Said.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: On My Wedding Anniversary, It Makes Me Happy to Remember What a Nurse Once Said.

Jamie is the love of my life! I want to treat him that way, and so often, really, I don’t. But I try. It makes me happy to remember a time when, from observing us, someone assumed that we were in the early stages of love.
A Little Happier: Often, It’s the Small Gestures of Thoughtfulness that Make Us Feel Loved.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Often, It’s the Small Gestures of Thoughtfulness that Make Us Feel Loved.

A friend explained to me why her daily habit of making lunch came to have so much importance to her son.
A Little Happier: “I Love You as Much as the Salt in My Soup.”
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: “I Love You as Much as the Salt in My Soup.”

This folk tale is a good reminder that it’s often the most ordinary and familiar things—the things that we take for granted—are actually the most precious to us of all.
A Little Happier: Michael Jordan Had a “Love of the Game” Clause.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Michael Jordan Had a “Love of the Game” Clause.

I love this example of an outstanding athlete staying true to his love of the sport, and being so determined to play that he made sure it was written into his contract.
Podcast 260: Very Special Episode: In Honor of Valentine’s Day, Listeners Give Their Best Relationship Advice.
Podcast 260

Podcast 260: Very Special Episode: In Honor of Valentine’s Day, Listeners Give Their Best Relationship Advice.

For our Very Special Episode, we asked listeners for their best advice about strengthening relationships, and we talked to Lori Gottlieb, author of the bestseller “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.”
A Little Happier: The Right Thing to Say When Someone Says, “Whom Do You Love More?”
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: The Right Thing to Say When Someone Says, “Whom Do You Love More?”

One of my favorite parenting books, Faber and Mazlish’s “Siblings Without Rivalry,” explains the right thing to say to a child (or anyone) who asks, “Whom do you love more?”
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