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A Little Happier: Why a Taxi-Driver and I Saw Two Different Streets
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Why a Taxi-Driver and I Saw Two Different Streets

As we looked at children playing in the street, the taxi driver and I saw two different scenes.
A Little Happier: Sometimes, When We Understand Someone’s Perspective, Our Anger Fades
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Sometimes, When We Understand Someone’s Perspective, Our Anger Fades

Sometimes, understanding someone else’s point of view allows our anger to fade. When writer Julie Lythcott-Haims understood that her mother’s definition of a “visit” differed from her definition of a “visit,” her resentment faded and her empathy grew.
A Little Happier: Why Is It So Hard to See and Hear the World from Someone Else’s Perspective?
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Why Is It So Hard to See and Hear the World from Someone Else’s Perspective?

Despite all good intentions, an accomplished architect built a house with lousy acoustics, even though the owner—the writer Ved Mehta, who was blind—emphasized that the acoustical environment was the most important aspect of the house. It takes constant discipline to remember that what other people value, and what other people seek, may be very different from what we value and what we seek.
A Little Happier: Grover of Sesame Street and Arya of Game of Thrones Teach Me the Same Lesson.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Grover of Sesame Street and Arya of Game of Thrones Teach Me the Same Lesson.

Two characters from two very different kinds of stories—Sesame Street’s Grover and Game of Thrones’s Arya—illustrate the important reminder that sometimes, when we feel trapped, we can remember that we may have more choices than we think.
A Little Happier: To Calm Myself, I Imagine a Traffic Light in a Thunderstorm.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: To Calm Myself, I Imagine a Traffic Light in a Thunderstorm.

When I’m feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or unhappy, I sometimes conjure up an image in my mind—an oak tree in Iowa, or a traffic light in a thunderstorm—to help me to feel calmer.
A Little Happier: What We See Depends Very Much on Where We Stand.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: What We See Depends Very Much on Where We Stand.

As several examples illustrate, it’s easy to forget that the way we see the world is very much shaped by our own perspective. One person’s reason for taking medication is another person’s negative side effect.
A Little Happier: What Can You Do When You Live in a Crowded, Messy, Noisy House?
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: What Can You Do When You Live in a Crowded, Messy, Noisy House?

In a traditional Yiddish folk tale, a farmer complains about his crowded, noisy house—and his wise rabbi gives him a surprising solution.
A Little Happier: What’s Inconvenient for You Might Be Convenient for Me.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: What’s Inconvenient for You Might Be Convenient for Me.

A friend’s remark reminded me that even when we’re coming together, we’re all coming from different places.
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