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Suffering is biologically useful as it is natures preferred agent for inspiring change. We are wired to become dissatisfied with whatever we have and satisfied by only what we don't have.
Problems will never fucking go away. They just get exchanged and upgraded. Life is an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one.
Negative emotions are a call to action. If you feel crappy, your brain is telling you there is an unresolved problem for you to address.
Happiness comes from solving these problems.
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Most of us struggle through life giving way too many fucks in situations where fucks dont deserve to be given.
Your going to die some day. In the short time you have here, if you go round giving a fuck about everything and everyone, you are going to...
This self help guide teaches us that the key to being happier is to stop trying to be positive all the time and instead to become better at handling adversity.
Sometimes things are fucked up and we ha...
When any result is regarded as progress and important, we propel ourselves ahead. We feel free to fail and that failure moves us forward.
The do something principle helps us to overcome procrastination. That something can be the smallest viable action toward something else....
Todays culture is obsessed with unrealistically positive expectations.
Be perfect and amazing an...
People in a healthy relationship have strong boundaries and take responsibility for their own values and problems.
People in a toxic relationship with poor or no boundaries will regularly avoid responsibility for their own problems and take responsibility for their partners problems.
Life itself is a form of suffering.
The rich suffer because of their riches.
The poor suffer because of their poverty.
People without a family suffer ...
Ultimately, the only way to achieve meaning and a sense of importance in ones life is through a rejection of alternatives, a narrowing of freedom, a choice of commitment to one place, one belief or (gulp) one person.
If you've got a problem, chances are millions of other people have had it in the past, have it now, and are going to in the future. This doesn't minimise your problem, it just means that you are not special.
The first step towards solving your problems is to acknowledge the...
It is the norm in Western cultures to smile and say polite things even when you don't feel like it, to tell white lies and agree with someone you don't actually agree with. People learn to pretend to be friends with people they don't actually like.
The downside of this is t...
The majority of life is unextraordinary, indeed quite average.
Having the Internet, social media sites and hundred plus TV channels is amazing. But this flood of extreme information has conditioned us to believe that exceptionalism is the new normal.
Technology and ma...
Honesty is communication with no conditions, no strings attached, no ulterior motive, no sales job, no desperate attempt to be liked.
When things suck, you say so openly and without apology.
Decision making based on emotional intuition, without the aid of reason to keep it in line, pretty much always sucks.
You know who bases their entire lives on their emotions?
Three year old...
And because you and I and everybody else all have differing needs and personal histories and life circumstances, we will all inevitably come to differing correct answers about what our lives mean and how they should be lived.
The more something threatens your identity, the more you will avoid it.
Death is the only thing we can know with any certainty.
Without conflict, there can be no trust.
Conflict exists to show us who is there for us unconditionally and who is just there for the benefits.
If everyone were extraordinary, then by definition no one would be extraordinary.
Values underlie everything we are and do.
If what we value is unhelpful, if what we consider success/failure is poorly chosen, then everything based upon those values - the thoughts, emotions and day to day feelings - will be out ...
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In life we have a limited amount of fucks to give. Time ticks away. So choose your fucks wisely. A book worth gifting, to your self, and to those around you.
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Happiness is a constant unfolding process because problem solving is a permanent unfolding process: solutions to today's problems will lay the foundation for tomorrow's problems and so on.
True happiness only occurs when you find the problems you enjoy having ...
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