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Apparently, most of us have a default level of happiness. No matter what our station is in life, we are all slightly dissatisfied. Slightly. Life is just never quite good enough, even when it really is.

This default happiness level readjusts depending on your circumstances. Even if something significant happens…

Feeling bad about feeling bad makes you feel bad (and so you feel bad)

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Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.” — Baruch Spinoza

The Parable of the Second Arrow

, any time we suffer misfortune, two arrows fly our way. The first arrow is the bad event itself, which certainly can (and often…

Crying doesn’t mean you’re incapable of dealing with your emotions, it means you are dealing with them

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Why is it always said he cried like a little girl? We never say, she cried like a little boy, do we? For that matter, we never say she cried like a little girl either.

Of course, that’s because it’s acceptable for girls to cry. It’s just boys who don’t…

3 thoughts, 2 quotes, 1 thing.

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Hello and welcome to the first edition of my new and slightly improved weekly newsletter! The only weekly newsletter that disappears for a month only to return on a different day of the week with a completely different name!

Following a 3–2–1 approach, it contains 3 thoughts from me (that…

When we’re physically grounded in life, it’s our inability to stay mentally grounded — that’s the real problem

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In aviation we have a term called that means Aircraft on Ground. It refers to a plane that can’t fly because of a technical issue. We might also say a pilot is grounded because of a disciplinary issue, or that passengers are grounded because of weather.

In all cases…

The major problem we have is making society’s expectations our own

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I know what you’re thinking.

You’re thinking, “What do you mean the ONLY THING the world needs from me?! The world demands EVERYTHING from me!!!”

“It expects me to be a teetotaling, super-ripped, enlightened, buddhist monk who lives in a mansion with 5 cars, yet gives everything to the poor…


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