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Happy Though Human.

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In a 1959 book addressing "nearly every important problem of everyday life," W. Beran Wolfe writes: If you observe a really happy man, you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.
I'm tempted to spend these last few frozen weeks of winter in hiding, but why not write a symphony (or a letter)? Build a boat (or draw all over your bedroom walls)? Look for dinosaurs (or new books, or new music, new recipes, shapes in the clouds)? It's how to be happy, says the author of this book, though cold, though restless, though human.

Thanks, things magazine. Have a wonderful start to the week! 

14 comments:

  1. happy monday to you, too! The sun is out today - which is always a hopeful thing :) Time to wake my body out of this winter slumber.

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  2. Interesting things happen in freezing weather. Yay to you!

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  3. You could always learn how to knit..

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  4. that is an interesting way of putting it..

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  5. What a fantastic quote. I think it's a more intellectual and appealing way to say YOLO (can't believe I just used YOLO;))
    I really do think this quote is a kick in the rear to make the most of what you're doing and when you're doing something you love you will ultimately find happiness!
    thanks for the inspiration.
    xox
    chloe
    http://popcosmo.com

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  6. I love that book cover.

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  7. Angela, you're right, what a wonderful idea :)

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  8. I so want to own this book.
    Hope you had a happy Monday!!

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  9. yay - do fun things, I like his thinking :) Though I know I always find that sentiment harder to follow in winter :P

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  10. i would really like to get my hands on this book. that was a beautiful quote, and it is true!
    i used to paint on my walls by the way, and then i started painting on others' haha

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  11. I'm definitely always happier when I'm doing something that takes guts and hard work...even if I drag my heels at first. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. amazing find :)happy to say i've been spending winter reading poetry, finding olympic shapes in the clouds- spotted a speed skater- and painting

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