Category Archives for "Happiness"

The Man, the Seashore, and the Four Prescriptions

Once upon a time, there was a man who felt he'd reached the end of his rope.

It seemed that all the interest had suddenly vanished from his life; his creative wells had seemingly dried up. He still had his work, but it suddenly felt meaningless to him. Even his family and his home receded darkly in his mind.

Finally, nearing the point of desperation, he went to see his old friend, the family doctor. The doctor listened to his story, saw the depth of his depression, and then asked him, "When you were a child, what did you like to do best?"

The Progress Principle: How to Be Happy at Work and In Life


Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.

– Henry David Thoreau

What is the true key to happiness? Is it fame? Is it high status? Is it a good reputation? Is it money or fortune? Is it that new big house or that amazing car?

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