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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Listen to an "Old Favorite" Album or CD

Technology is a two-edged sword. It can make us miserable. (Think: Work invades your vacation via mobile phone.)

But it can also make us happy.

Example: Once, when I was a kid, my mom shared with me one of her greatest treasures: her Frank Sinatra scrapbook. Yes, Mom was a bobbysoxer. (You kids, go look it up.)

Now, she has multi-disc collections of "Ol' Blue Eyes" on CD.

Here in China, I've been finding the bands of my youth: Blind Faith, Iron Butterfly, and a complete set of the Beatles (I am not worthy) on mp3.

After a hard day's night there's nothing more relaxing than sitting back and listening to what made me happy when I was 15.

It makes me happy in a way that newer music, no matter how good, just can't. Call it "the Nostalgia Factor."

So go find an old favorite and stick it in your ears.

You’ll be happier.

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