Tag Archives: happiness

Happy to Know Now

The anecdote below is from the article The Joys of Being Wrong About Yourself by Stephanie Georgopulos: In February I was introduced to a man, a successful man by any standard, a man called Rupert (and naturally by “introduced,” I mean I heard him talk about himself on Radiolab for three minutes). Rupert is your …

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Enough

The poem below was written by Kurt Vonnegut to memorialize his friend Joseph Heller: JOE HELLER by Kurt Vonnegut (via) True story, Word of Honor: Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer now dead, and I were at a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island. I said, “Joe, how does it make you …

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Ninth of Twelve

Everything about this video, from the way they dress to the way they dance, just radiates joy. Full lyrics HERE. Other songs about September include: Try to Remember by Ed Ames (YouTube Link) September Song by Jimmy Durante (YouTube Link) September Morn by Neil Diamond (YouTube Link) Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green …

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Tremendous Elasticity

“Do not let anyone tell you how you must look or act just because you are a man or a woman. You have boundless potential that can only be limited when you believe that your social identity is really who you are. Who you are is not a perfectly measured object. There is tremendous elasticity …

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Fixing a Flat

“There is a problem in thinking that you are supposed to be advancing in your practice all the time. You don’t have to constantly be on the road. If you have a flat tire, that is also part of the journey. Ambition makes you feel that you are not doing anything. There seems to be …

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Fake It ’til you Make It

“Why should I smile when there is no joy in me? The answer to that is: smiling is a practice. There are over three hundred muscles in your face. When you are angry or fearful, these muscles tense up. The tension in these muscles creates a feeling of hardness. If you know how to breathe …

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Ourselves

“The happiest people I know are always evaluating and improving themselves. The unhappy people are usually evaluating and judging others.” ~Qasim Rafique

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Look!

“Look. This is your world! You can’t not look. There is no other world. This is your world; it is your feast. You inherited this; you inherited these eyeballs; you inherited this world of color. Look at the greatness of the whole thing. Look! Don’t hesitate– look! Open your eyes. Don’t blink, and look, look– …

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Recreating

“It’s a question of removing the clouds, rather than recreating the sun.”  ~Chögyam Trungpa

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Joy

I was given a copy of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, and I looked forward to reading it.  I admire both of those men, and was sure they had insights I would find helpful. Their days are striking similar.  Tutu begins his day …

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Hit Sideways

If you have a few minutes, David Brooks has written a wonderful article for the New York Times about building a happy life and healthy society:  The Moral Peril of Meritocracy Here is a short excerpt: But in the lives of the people I’m talking about — the ones I really admire — something happened …

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Wonderful

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