Reading, 4th Wednesday of October (2013)

My mother was thrilled to be dying of brain cancer after a lifetime of smoking.

—  Susan Perabo, “Indulgence,” in One Story Issue # 178

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One important way that people evaluate their circumstances is to compare themselves with the people around them and with their own previous experiences.  For instance, people measure themselves against their age peers, and making more money than others in their age group tends to make people happier.  Along the same lines, research shows that people who live in a neighborhood with richer people tend to be less happy than those in a neighborhood where their neighbors make about as much money as they do.

—  Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project, 167

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Being healthy doesn’t guarantee happiness.  Lots of healthy people are very unhappy.  Many of them squander their health or take it for granted.  In fact, some people might even be better off with some physical limitation that would prevent them from making destructive choices.  (I once went on vacation with a group that included the most wild and reckless guy I’d ever met, and I was quite relieved when he broke his foot during an early escapade, because the mishap prevented him from getting up to much more mischief.

—  Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project, pp. 169 – 170

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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