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Life Lessons on Happiness

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If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.  ~Edith Wharton

This quote reminds me of how our society seems to be searching everywhere constantly for happiness.  And when we are not happy we seek outside things to make us happy quickly, whether they be pharmaceutical or retail or give us a distraction.  But I think what Edith Wharton is saying in this quote is that in the search for happiness, the implication is that we are not happy.

Happiness shouldn’t be a goal, even though it is intuitive to think about it in that way.  Because if you look at happiness as a goal, you automatically will feel like you are failing whenever you aren’t happy.  … Read the rest

Perfectionism Quote on Imperfection

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“Imperfection is not our personal problem – it is a natural part of existing”
Tara Brach

Tara Brach is an expert in Buddhist meditation as well as a psychologist from America.  In the past, she has used both interests to write a book about healing trauma through meditation and acceptance.  In this quote, she is referring to the natural human tendency to want to be perfect.  Each person has the inclination to be too hard on themselves, as well as see only their imperfection rather than all of their good qualities.  Sometimes, this drives people to try to change themselves or improve themselves as they believe they are not good enough.  Self improvement is a great tool to use throughout your life to enhance your life and the relationships that you have with those around you, however, if your goal is perfection – you will never succeed.… Read the rest