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The Secrets of Happiness, and Death

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

I was reading this article (Psychology Today: The Secrets of Happiness) and it occurred to me: they could have edited it down to one thing.

The Secret of Happiness is… be happy! That’s it! Just do it! All the rest of the advice are just techniques to trick yourself into having that feeling.

Dr. Kellman was telling the lab about some people he knew who died, and was fretting about death. I got the impression that he never really thought about it before, and that surprised me. I used to think about it all the time, until I got used to it. Sure I’m scared of death, both in an abstract way and in a very visceral way at the same time. But I don’t let it get in the way of my enjoyment of my life. Most people go to great lengths to distract themselves from the reality of mortality, even going so far as to invent “the afterlife” to make it more bearable. Come on, people. It’s just death.

There are more dead people than living, and their numbers are increasing.

God never gives you anything you can’t handle, unless of course you die of something…