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We Must Try

“I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try.”
~ Roger Ebert

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A fun discovery

Have you read anything from UC-Berkeley’s “Greater Good” center? Among their “core themes” of research and writing is happiness, as well as mindfulness and altruism. Explore here. Want something else fun to do this weekend? Take Keri Smith’s advice in the amazing How to Be An Explorer of the World  and uncover a mystery:

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Quote of the Day

“One lives in the naïve notion that later there will be more room than in the entire past.”
—Elias Canetti, The Human Province

*From Gretchen Rubin’s Happier At Home, which has an *incredible* appendix of happiness readings (I take back everything I said in the last post about Rubin being more Type-A than me, for her happiness resources alone!) which have me searching my library catalog for fun books and contemplating more book buying.

Happy New Year!

I’m having a relaxing New Year’s Eve, reading and listening to jazz. I have some yoga penciled in, too. What are your plans?

What I’m reading today:

Need an escape from the Mondays?

  • My Daily Muse column for New Year’s Eve, “What to Read on the Subway,” is a virtual vacation to Paris! Check out some of my favorite books and podcasts, like Amy Thomas’ Paris, My Sweet.