More Happier: My Practical Advice for Graduates

We’re in graduation season, which got me reflecting on my own various graduations, and the graduations of my daughters.

When my daughter Eleanor graduated from high school, I was thrilled and honored to be invited to give the commencement address.

For that occasion, I wanted to explore transcendent, timeless themes, I wanted to tell a few good stories—and I wanted to be brief.  There were many concrete, useful suggestions that didn’t make it into the actual commencement address.

Nevertheless, I couldn’t resist writing up everything I wanted to say, even if I couldn’t include it.

So while I actually delivered the profound commencement address on that graduation day, in this episode, I share the practical commencement address that I never delivered.




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