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My Daughter’s Ex-Boyfriend’s Mother Knew the Right Thing to Say.
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My Daughter’s Ex-Boyfriend’s Mother Knew the Right Thing to Say.

A Little Happier: Sometimes, it’s hard to put into words the exact nature of a loving relationship. My daughter's ex-boyfriend's mother knew the right thing to say; “You’ll always have a place in my heart” says it all.
Sometimes, You Feel Regret Either Way.
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Sometimes, You Feel Regret Either Way.

A Little Happier: Sometimes in life, going down one path means abandoning another path. It’s natural to feel regret about the path not taken.
You Get What You Get, and You Don’t Get Upset.
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You Get What You Get, and You Don’t Get Upset.

A Little Happier: My daughter’s pre-school teachers used to tell the kids “You get what you get, and you don’t get upset,” and I’ve found this to be extremely useful advice, ever since.
A Happiness Lesson from My Daughters’ School Motto to “Go Forth Unafraid.”
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A Happiness Lesson from My Daughters’ School Motto to “Go Forth Unafraid.”

A Little Happier: A school motto can stick with you for your whole life. My daughters’ school motto is to “Go Forth Unafraid,” which is a great motto for all of us.
Don’t Check Every Box.
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Don’t Check Every Box.

A Little Happier: One of my Secrets of Adulthood is “The opposite of a profound truth is also true.” Last week, I talked about the advice, “Check every box.” Listeners reminded me of another piece of excellent advice, “Don’t check every box. Just go for it!”
More Advice about How to Be Successful–Check Every Box.
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More Advice about How to Be Successful–Check Every Box.

A Little Happier: My law school friend repeated the advice that she’d been given: Try to check every box. This advice came to me in an indirect way, but I’ve followed it ever since.
My Former Roommate’s Ex-Boyfriend’s Lesson in How to Be Successful.
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My Former Roommate’s Ex-Boyfriend’s Lesson in How to Be Successful.

A Little Happier: My law-school roommates ex-boyfriend made an observation that I found to be excellent advice about how to be successful: Successful people are willing to do things that unsuccessful people aren't willing to do.
Sometimes, Flawed Can Be More Perfect Than Perfection.
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Sometimes, Flawed Can Be More Perfect Than Perfection.

A Little Happier: A story told by legendary children's book editor Ursula Nordstrom to E. B. White illustrates the notion that sometimes, flawed can be more perfect (or more fun) than perfection.
Sometimes, We Can Be Generous by Taking.
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Sometimes, We Can Be Generous by Taking.

A Little Happier: Eighteen years ago, on a plane to Kansas City, I had a brief encounter with a woman—and I’ve regretted my action (or rather, inaction) ever since. Sometimes, we can be generous by taking.
A Happiness Lesson from the Classic Picture Book “A Bargain for Frances.”
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A Happiness Lesson from the Classic Picture Book “A Bargain for Frances.”

A Little Happier: In Russell Hoban’s brilliant picture book “A Bargain for Frances,” Frances observes, “Being careful is not as much fun as being friends. Do you want to be careful, or do you want to be friends?” An important question for adults as well as children.
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