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A Little Happier: We Can Learn from the Monkey Who Wouldn’t Let Go of the Bananas.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: We Can Learn from the Monkey Who Wouldn’t Let Go of the Bananas.

The old teaching story of the greedy monkey and the bananas illustrates many notions, including the idea that sometimes we have to let go of a desire in order to free ourselves.
A Little Happier: Why Pickpockets Benefit from Signs that Warn “Beware of Pickpockets.”
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Why Pickpockets Benefit from Signs that Warn “Beware of Pickpockets.”

Beware of unintended consequences! Pickpockets use “Beware of Pickpockets” signs to pickpocket more effectively.
A Little Happier: Helen Keller Tells the Story of the Moment Her Life Changed.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Helen Keller Tells the Story of the Moment Her Life Changed.

Hellen Keller recounts the story of the extraordinary moment when she learned the meaning of “w-a-t-e-r.”
A Little Happier: Who Is the Main Character, Who Is the Supporting Character?
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Who Is the Main Character, Who Is the Supporting Character?

I realized that I often made the mistake of thinking of some people as main characters and some people as supporting characters. We’re all main characters, and we’re all supporting characters.
A Little Happier: Throughout My Life, I’ve Remembered One Line from the “Little Engine that Could”
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Throughout My Life, I’ve Remembered One Line from the “Little Engine that Could”

"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” may be a bit corny, but the fact is, I find myself repeating that line to myself. The Little Engine that Could put those words in my mind.
A Little Happier: Why the Children’s Book “Little Bear” Made Tears Come into My Eyes.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: Why the Children’s Book “Little Bear” Made Tears Come into My Eyes.

One of our tasks as parents is to help our children remember themselves and their own past. I got tears in my eyes when I read the beautiful lines from the children’s book “Little Bear.” “Tell me about me,” said Little Bear. “Tell me about the things I once did.”
A Little Happier: While the Power of Story-Telling Is Trendy Now, It’s an Ancient Idea.
A Little Happier

A Little Happier: While the Power of Story-Telling Is Trendy Now, It’s an Ancient Idea.

It’s a truth too important to be new: we listen best when we listen to a story.
An Old Joke is a Reminder that to Find Something, We Must Look in the Right Place
A Little Happier

An Old Joke is a Reminder that to Find Something, We Must Look in the Right Place

A Little Happier: I often think of this old joke in the context of habit change: If we want to find what we’re looking for, we have to search in the right place.
Airplane Kindness, and It’s Nice to Get a Gold Star.
A Little Happier

Airplane Kindness, and It’s Nice to Get a Gold Star.

A Little Happier: Even if it’s not necessary, it’s sweet when our efforts are appreciated.
Good Luck, Bad Luck — How Do You Know?
A Little Happier

Good Luck, Bad Luck — How Do You Know?

A Little Happier: One of my mother’s favorite teaching stories is a reminder that we can never know what’s good news, or bad news.
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