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Friday, September 18, 2009

Practice

Here's another no-brainer, as deep and arcane as "Do something that makes you happy."

Ready? Here it is:

Practice being happy.

Seriously. When things are good, don't just take them for granted. Put some effort into your happiness.

This will get you ready for when things aren't so good.

Vaudeville joke: One guy walks up to another on the streets of New York and asks, "How can I get to Carnegie Hall?" and the other one answers, "Practice!"

How can we get anywhere unless we practice?

For a lucky, lucky few, happiness comes naturally. But many of us would agree with British polymath Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913), who wrote, "Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like a violin."

Amen.

So work those happiness abs. Practice those happiness scales. Run those happiness laps. Get in training, so when the Big Events come, your happiness muscles will all be in tune.

And when the stuff hits the fan, you'll be happier.

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