A Little Happier

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A Little Happier: A Mystery—In Order to Find Something Precious, We Must Possess It Already.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Mystery—In Order to Find Something Precious, We Must Possess It Already.

In different ways, many people have expressed the very powerful and mysterious idea: In order to find something, we must possess it.
A Little Happier: How Do We Help? An Observation from the Life of the Creator of the Comic Strip “Cathy.”
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A Little Happier: How Do We Help? An Observation from the Life of the Creator of the Comic Strip “Cathy.”

This story from the life of Cathy Guisewite, the creator of the comic strip “Cathy,” is an example of how we can help. Sometimes.
A Little Happier: This Book Changed the Way I See the World.
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A Little Happier: This Book Changed the Way I See the World.

Christopher Alexander’s book “A Pattern Language” changed the way I see the world; sometimes, at least in my case, it’s only through words that I can learn to see more clearly.
A Little Happier: Why Did Dolly Parton Identify More with Barbara Walters than Barbara Walters Identified with Her?
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A Little Happier: Why Did Dolly Parton Identify More with Barbara Walters than Barbara Walters Identified with Her?

My fascination with Dolly Parton continues, and her answer to Barbara Walters in a 1977 interview is a good example of why we shouldn’t under-estimate people who are different from us.
A Little Happier: One of the Greatest Luxuries? The Luxury of Giving.
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A Little Happier: One of the Greatest Luxuries? The Luxury of Giving.

In the wonderful Sydney Taylor’s children’s book All-of-a-Kind Family, the girls’ father realized he wanted to give his girls the true luxury: the luxury of giving him a gift.
A Little Happier: Julia Child Makes a Profound Observation About Life in the Midst of Flipping a Potato.
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A Little Happier: Julia Child Makes a Profound Observation About Life in the Midst of Flipping a Potato.

On her iconic TV show, Julia Child drops a profound truth about human nature, in the middle of trying to flip a potato.
A Little Happier: What Chef Julia Child Taught Me About the Nature of Enthusiasm and Happiness.
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A Little Happier: What Chef Julia Child Taught Me About the Nature of Enthusiasm and Happiness.

The life of Julia Child is a great example of the fact that sometimes, even when we can’t persuade people to take an interest in the things we love, we can sweep them along with our enthusiasm.
A Little Happier: We Love Excellence—When We Can Recognize It.
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A Little Happier: We Love Excellence—When We Can Recognize It.

In this hilarious “Funny or Die” video by the musician Jewel, she goes undercover at a karaoke bar. It’s a good example of the fact that people do appreciate excellence, when they’re able to recognize it.
A Little Happier: My Husband So Often Knows the Right Thing to Say.
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A Little Happier: My Husband So Often Knows the Right Thing to Say.

Sometimes when I complain, my husband Jamie reminds me, “This is what you wanted.” It’s comforting because it’s true.
A Little Happier: The Opposite of a Profound Truth Is Also True. Including in Goth.
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A Little Happier: The Opposite of a Profound Truth Is Also True. Including in Goth.

It’s one of my favorite Secrets of Adulthood: The opposite of a profound truth is also true. In goth, and in so much else.
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