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|'I've found it! The secret of happiness is... *BANG*'|
Happiness, an elusive trait by all accounts. I'm usually happy, despite my
best attempts to make it seem otherwise. On close inspection, I believe there
are several 'tricks' to my happiness. Mental disciplines, you might like to call
I expect you've heard much new-age tripe about "positive thinking" to influence your life. While close to [what I consider to be] the truth, I think this is also very misleading. Certainly the best results I've seen from this sort of positive thinking is disappointment.
My take on life-influencing is double-negative thinking (a deliberate pun). No doubt you'll have heard people extol the virtues of negative thinking ("If you expect the worst, anything good is a pleasant surprise, and anything bad you're prepared for"). I don't argue with that other than to suggest "prepare for and prevent" rather than "expect".
Obviously if you can do that, that's a fair step towards being happy. The more important one (in my life, at any rate) is positive seeing. Looking at life positively in retrospect. The best example of this that comes to mind is from a few years ago in my life. I was hit by a truck and broke my wrist. There are two main ways people tend to respond to this.
[ Think back... ]
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