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A Little Happier: A Single Letter Reverses the Meaning of This Quotation from Leonardo da Vinci.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Single Letter Reverses the Meaning of This Quotation from Leonardo da Vinci.

I’d long been haunted by a line from Leonardo da Vinci’s “Notebooks,” but I learned that I’d mistyped a single letter, and had utterly transformed the meaning of the quotation. (I like my version better than Leonardo’s.)
A Little Happier: “The Farm Was a Form: Not Like a Set of Rules on a Wall, But Like the Symmetry of Winter and Summer.”
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: “The Farm Was a Form: Not Like a Set of Rules on a Wall, But Like the Symmetry of Winter and Summer.”

The poet Donald Hall wrote a beautiful memoir of the childhood summers he spent with his grandparents on their New Hampshire farm. In his account, he conveys the safety and orderliness of that country life.
A Little Happier: Yogi Berra Was Funny, and He Also Hit on Some Profound Truths
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Yogi Berra Was Funny, and He Also Hit on Some Profound Truths

Baseball legend Yogi Berra was famous for the hilarious things he said. And in his own inimitable way, he captured some profound truths.
A Little Happier: What We Can Learn from Mark Twain’s Cat Who Sat on a Hot Stove.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: What We Can Learn from Mark Twain’s Cat Who Sat on a Hot Stove.

It’s important to make sure that we don’t learn the wrong lessons from pain, frustration, criticism, or failure. Like a cat, we want to learn not to sit on a hot stove—but maybe we still want to be able to sit on a stove that’s cold.
A Little Happier: Trevor Noah: “We Tell People to Follow Their Dreams, But You Can Only Dream of What You Can Imagine.”
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Trevor Noah: “We Tell People to Follow Their Dreams, But You Can Only Dream of What You Can Imagine.”

In his terrific memoir “Born a Crime,” Trevor Noah notes that “you can only dream of what you can imagine,” and tells the story of how his mother worked to give him a big imagination.
A Little Happier: Zora Neale Hurston’s Vision Shows How Mysterious the World Is.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Zora Neale Hurston’s Vision Shows How Mysterious the World Is.

In her thought-provoking memoir “Dust Tracks in the Road,” Zora Neale Hurston’s vision of her future reminds me of how mysterious the world is.
A Little Happier: How Eating a Second Ice-Cream Cone Can Be an Act of Obliger-Rebellion
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: How Eating a Second Ice-Cream Cone Can Be an Act of Obliger-Rebellion

In Karl Ove Knausgaard’s essay “Summer,” he perfectly describes an example of Obliger-rebellion that’s turned toward the self: he eats a second ice-cream cone in front of the envious eyes of his children.
Podcast 284: Why Buying Isn’t Doing, a Deep Dive into Ways to Display Your Favorite Quotations, and a Spotlight on Harriet Washington.
Podcast 284

Podcast 284: Why Buying Isn’t Doing, a Deep Dive into Ways to Display Your Favorite Quotations, and a Spotlight on Harriet Washington.

We talk about why we shouldn’t confuse buying with doing, reveal a happiness hack for staying in touch with grandparents, review listeners’ suggestions for displaying terrific quotations, and shine a spotlight on author Harriet Washington.
Podcast 270: Very Special Episode with Great Advice for Graduates.
Podcast 270

Podcast 270: Very Special Episode with Great Advice for Graduates.

We asked listeners for advice for graduates: What’s the best advice you ever got? What advice do you give to others—or that you wish you could give to your younger self? Plus suggestions for marking the special day during the time of COVID-19.
A Little Happier: A Dog’s Pleasure Can Remind Us All of the Joy of the Snow.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: A Dog’s Pleasure Can Remind Us All of the Joy of the Snow.

What a wonderful phrase! The joy of the snow. It’s not always easy to feel the joy of the snow. Sometimes we’re able to see it better, when we can glimpse it through other people’s joyful eyes.
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