Tag Archives: happiness

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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Tea?

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Vulnerable Human Beings

In this excerpt from Wunnerful, Wunnerful! the Autobiography of Lawrence Welk, © 1971,  Welk discusses the lesson he learned when his first band left him to tour on their own: Some of the bewilderment and pain began to lift the moment I returned (home) to Yankton, and a day or so later when I dropped …

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Change, Conquer or Exploit

Excerpted from Plain and Simple:  A Woman’s Journey to the Amish by Sue Bender, ©1989: “Why is the Amish land so beautiful?” I asked one evening. “What makes it feel special? I’m a city person, Eli, and I didn’t see a cow till I was twelve. I don’t know where the sun sets, or how …

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For The Right Reasons

“There’s nothing like the deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”  ~Stephen Chbosky, Perks of Being a Wallflower

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How

“Someone once told me that human beings have three dimensions: how you see yourself, how others see you, and how you want others to see you. The closer the distance between the three dimensions, the more at peace you are and the more stable you become.”  ~Marwa Rakha • “How how how how.”  ~ZZ Top …

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Carries It On His Head

“The Lord bears the burden of the world. Know that the spurious ego which presumes to bear that burden is like a sculptured figure at the foot of a temple tower which appears to sustain the tower’s weight. Whose fault is it if the traveler, instead of putting his luggage in the cart which bears …

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May You Be Blessed

“May you be blessed with all these things: A little more joy, a little less stress, a lot more understanding of your wonderfulness. Abundance in your life, blessings in your days, dreams that come true, and hopes that stay. A rainbow on the horizon, an angel by your side, and everything that could ever bring …

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So be careful!

“In truth, happiness is suffering in disguise but in such a subtle form that you don’t see it. If you cling to happiness, it’s the same as clinging to suffering, but you don’t realize it. When you hold on to happiness, it is impossible to throw away the inherent suffering. They’re inseparable like that. Thus …

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Time Travel

This train of thought makes me happy. From childhood, we in America are taught that the way to prevent war is to have an insanely powerful military and put a boot to the neck of all who oppose us; stomp out the seedling before it grows into a tree. But it turns out that’s not …

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Noah’s Ark Syndrome

Excerpted from If I Knew Then What I Know Now– So What? by Estelle Getty, ©1988: I’ve always felt that loneliness, not age, is the real killer. I get a lot of letters from women who tell me how difficult life is– they’re widowed and alone and scared and sick– and the show (The Golden …

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