Tag Archive: happiness

Nov 17

Being an Adult Child (in a Good Way)

[This post was originally written for puttylike.com]

I never really grew out of childishness.

It’s just so fun. Children get to be curious, silly, and playful. And there’s something delightfully mindful about the capacity they have to get absorbed in an activity for hours on end.

Naturally, we can’t remain entirely childlike forever, but I’ve been thinking lately about which parts of childishness we might benefit from, even now we’re Definitely Responsible Adults. (Which I am.) (Honest.)

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Jun 06

Have Fun, For Fun’s Sake!

[This relatively sensible post was originally written for puttylike.com]

I often feel pressure, like questions are burnt into my brain by endless repetition:

Am I contributing to the world right now?

Am I making enough money?

Am I deepening myself, learning new skills and growing as a person?

You might think that achieving any of these goals would be sufficient, but sometimes even when I manage one of them feels like it’s not enough. While I’m learning something valuable, I still feel pressure that I’m not contributing, or earning, or… or… or…

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May 03

Do More Things You Enjoy

[SUPER QUICK POST]

Today, some Incredibly Obvious Advice Which I Always Forget.

You know those things you enjoy doing?

(Perhaps you don’t. For me, modern life often turns into a kind of repetitive drudgery where days blend into one another. Even so, there’s usually something at some point lately which brought some joy. It’s useful to notice “what’s been fun, joyful, enjoyable, good lately” every now and then.)

Here’s my suggestion: try and do more of those things you like.

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Feb 17

Jiggling an Imaginary Rope Helps You Re-Evaluate Your Life

[Warning: contains mild physics.]

Imagine a short piece of rope. We’ll call him Ropert.

Let’s imagine that Ropert represents our lives.

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Jun 08

The One Answer to All Our Problems

Potash Road, Near Moab, Utah by Ken Lund, on Flickr

The end of the road is around the NEXT bend. For sure.

Original Photo © Ken Lund, kenlund on Flickr.
CC BY-SA 2.0

I want the answer.

The one, single answer which will solve all my problems.

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Nov 16

My Life Is Not Worth Living

Entrance into darkness by d26b73, on Flickr

Entering the darkness. (Or possibly leaving it.)

Original Photo © d26b73, d26b73 on Flickr.
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

Minds May Say…

When things go wrong, my life is not worth living…

If I don’t get a degree, my life is not worth living.

If I don’t have a partner, my life is not worth living.

If I fail at work, my life is not worth living.

If I spend an evening alone while others are out having fun, my life is not worth living.

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Nov 10

Enjoying The Bad Days Too

The Tower (over the thought of random ha by â„¢ Pacheco, on Flickr

Is this dark and foreboding, or is it beautiful? I honestly don’t know.

Original Photo © Pacheco, Pacheco on Flickr.
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For most of us, learning to be happy after anxiety isn’t a smooth journey.

If you pushed me into saying more, I’d go as far as saying it’s a bumpy journey.

In fact, I’d probably get over-excited and go super-metaphorical about it:

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Sep 02

Happiness Isn’t About Feeling Happy

Happiness by Moyan_Brenn, on Flickr

Simon’s tiny rainbow made it very difficult to fit through doors.

Original Photo © Moyan Brenn, Moyan_Brenn on Flickr.
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

“What is happiness?”

This question has been ruined. Ruined!

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Aug 20

Is Reality Enough to Make Us Happy?

???? by kkctys, on Flickr

The bubble wizard was not the most feared of all at wizard school.

Original Photo © Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, kkctys on Flickr.
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

As a child, I firmly believed in magic.

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Apr 30

Lies, Damn Lies, and Oh God Why All The Lies: Part Two

World’s Biggest Liar by Alan Cleaver, on Flickr

My new door label. Honest.

Original Photo © Alan Cleaver, Alan Cleaver on Flickr.
Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

So, last time, I claimed that truth is important.

In fact, I argued that truth is crucial, and that anything less than the truth is lies, and that not being in tune with reality is disastrous for us and our happiness.

Today I’m going to argue the opposite…

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