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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Remember: Different Strokes

Has this ever happened to you?

You find something that really "floats your boat," or, as my friend Wayne says, "makes your heart soar like an eagle."

So you grab it, whatever it is, and run out to share it with your nearest and dearest. And all your gushing enthusiasm is met by a resounding "meh." Or "whatever." Or something else that takes the wind out of your sails.

Just because you are one of the lucky few who find what makes you happy, doesn't mean that what you discovered is going to work for others.

Happiness is not "one size fits all." That's why Heinz has 57 varieties, and Baskin-Robbins has 31 flavors.

If you've noticed, this blog promises "365 Secrets"; back at the beginning I wrote, "there's no 'One Great Secret of Happiness.' ... Not every secret will 'strike' everybody. But check in regularly; you're bound to find something good. ... Many of these secrets will overlap. They'll duplicate. They may even contradict each other."

All of that was just my way of trying to say: one size don't fit all.

As the old saying goes, "Never try to teach a pig to sing; it frustrates you, and it annoys the pig." So, accept other people's ways of being happier (moms and dads, this means you.) Don't try to squeeze someone else's life into your "happiness" mold.

You'll be happier.

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