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Happiness happens

“Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.” –Victor Frankl Happiness happens. You don’t catch it. It catches you. Pursue, instead, a cause bigger than yourself. Focus on what you have to offer, not on what you want to receive. Aiming to bring happiness to others is a more direct path to your own happiness than […]

On not aiming for fame

I saw this New York Times column by Emily Esfahani Smith last fall and filed it away to reference later. I ended up reading her book, The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness. She makes the case that a good life is one that most likely looks quite ordinary and […]

On noticing when you’re happy

From a 2003 speech to college students by the author Kurt Vonnegut: And now I want to tell you about my late Uncle Alex. He was my father’s kid brother, a childless graduate of Harvard who was an honest life insurance salesman in Indianapolis. He was well-read and wise. And his principal complaint about other […]

Relax already: David Letterman on ego and perspective

David Letterman reflects on no longer having his television show: “We did this television show—my friends and I—for a very long time. It’s probably like anyone else’s professional pursuit. When you are doing it for so long, and for each day—I have always likened it to running a restaurant—because you get response to the day’s […]

It’s all about relationships

I somewhat randomly clicked on this TED Talk by Harvard researcher Robert Waldinger this week. He has carried on the research in one of the longest running research projects of its kind, the Harvard Study of Adult Development. For more than 75 years data has been collected that has led to some clear answers about what […]