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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Live Dangerously

When I think of the Masters of Happiness, names like "Jean-Paul Sartre," "Albert Camus," "Franz Kafka," "James Joyce," and "Friedrich Nietzsche" don't usually spring to mind.

Yet these keen observers of life had much to say about how to live--and isn't that what happiness is all about?

Take Nietzsche, for example. Most famous, perhaps, for his declaration that "God is dead," and his misappropriation by the Nazis, he also said homier, more accessible things, like these:

  • "Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent."
  • "A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love. "
  • "There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy. "

And the saying that gave us today's "Secret":

"Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!"

Seriously. The Road to Happiness requires us to flee the comfort zone and go out on a limb.

Do it. Live dangerously.

You'll be happier.

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