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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Do Something

W. Beran Wolfe was something of an expert on happiness. A student of Alfred Adler, he wrote How To Be Happy Though Human 'way back in 1931. Check out what he said:

"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. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator."

What a great image. (Does anybody remember "collar buttons"? I don't!)

One way to "do something" is to have a hobby.

Do you know what the word "hobby" really means? It started as a nickname for a horse ("Hob" itself being a nickname for "Robert"). Long ago, "hobbies" were horses, like "Bossies" were cows, or nowadays "Fidos" are dogs.

So when a person acquired a favorite pastime, it was called "riding a hobby horse." That was later shortened to "riding a hobby," and we now say "having a hobby."

So get on your horse! Find something to do that you can be passionate about, and do it. If it's your job, you’re one of the lucky few; but if that doesn't do it for you, find a hobby. As Wolfe said, build a boat, write a symphony, teach a child, or grow flowers.

But do something .

You'll be happier.

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