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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Be Bold

British journalist Holbrook Jackson once wrote, "Happiness is a form of courage."

Conversely, I guess, those without the courage to take hold of happiness are doomed to be miserable.

If I have learned one thing in the past nearly-a-year of writing about happiness, it's that happiness is hard work. (If I've learned a second thing, it's that it's useless to actually work toward happiness. Which leads to a third thing: that virtually everything we say about happiness is paradoxical.)

Anyway, it's true that happiness is available only to those who have the courage to take hold of it. Some of my friends (and I myself, when I was single) plan their own birthday parties. If no one else does it, why not? It's a bold, and to some, self-serving, move. And yet, if it makes you happy, why not?

So grow some cojones. Have some nerve. Be bold and seize some happiness.

You'll be happier.

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