Paradoxes of Happiness

29 Oct

G K. Chesterton wrote that “Paradox has been defined as ‘Truth standing on her head to get attention‘”

  • We should be selfish, if only for selfless reasons.
  • Discipline brings freedom.
  • Accept yourself, and expect more of yourself. W. H. Auden articulates this tension:

    Between the ages of twenty and forty we are engaged in the process of discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between accidental limitations which it is our duty to outgrow and the necessary limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass with impunity.”

  • Keep an empty shelf, and keep a junk drawer.
  • Take yourself less seriously—and take yourself more seriously.
  • Go slow to go fast.
  • Think about yourself so you can forget yourself.
  • You can be generous by taking.
  • The days are long, but the years are short.

Source – The Happiness Project


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