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Julia Allison is a journalist, entrepreneur, public speaker, relationship expert, columnist for ELLE.com, star of BRAVO's "Miss Advised," Georgetown graduate & former WIRED cover girl. She's made hundreds of appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, VH1 & MTV, written for Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, New York magazine, Time Out New York and The New York Post & spoken at MIT, Wharton, Harvard on new media, personal branding, marketing & entrepreneurship.

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PAGE SIX MAGAZINE



PAGE SIX MAGAZINE
Debate
By Julia Allison

Most New Yorkers’ reaction to Forbes ranking us #8 best city for singles was more or less universal bafflement.  Were there even seven other cities in the US??  With, uh, singles, that is?

Don’t get us wrong, we love Rankings.  Rankings mean there are Winners and, more importantly, Losers who are Not Us!  But we’re clearly the best city in which to be single  – so how could we have lost?  Well, Forbes obviously wasn’t evaluating on the right merits (duh). They factored in “culture” (we came in third, losing to [read more...]

HOW TO *REALLY* GET HAPPY



HOW TO *REALLY* GET HAPPY
DIVINE CAROLINE
SEPTEMBER 2009
BY JULIA ALLISON

It would be tough to argue that anything occupies a larger portion of our conscious “think time” than an endless quest for happiness.  And yet, despite this being the ostensible end goal for just about everything we do, we sure spend a lot of time … well … not feeling terribly happy.

Are we BAD at happiness?  Actually?  Yes.  We sort of are.  But it’s more complicated than that, of course.

There are two big fallacies about happiness, and letting go of both of them will allow you to [read more...]

RETHINKING HAPPINESS



RETHINKING HAPPINESS
DIVINE CAROLINE
AUGUST 2009
BY JULIA ALLISON

I have an apartment the size of most people’s bathrooms. My income stream is not terribly large, and often unsteady. I haven’t had a relationship which lasted longer than six months in the last two and a half years. And people who have never met me feel obligated to write unfavorable things about my personality, appearance, and life choices.

But I’m happy.  Because I don’t think about things that way.  I think about them like this:

Yes, I have an apartment the size of most people’s bathrooms—but it’s new and it’s [read more...]