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Ten Common Myths About Happiness.

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Every Wednesday is Tip Day (or List Day, or Quiz Day).
This Wednesday: 10 common myths about happiness.

Lately, I’ve found myself frequently discussing several of ten common myths about happiness, so I decided to post the complete list here.

No. 1: Happy people are annoying and stupid. This is an automatic assumption that many people make.

No. 2: Nothing changes a person’s happiness level much.

No. 3: Venting anger relieves it.

No. 4: You’ll be happier if you insist on “the best.”

No. 5: A “treat” will cheer you up.

No. 6: Money can’t buy happiness.

No. 7: Doing “random acts of kindness” brings happiness. The emphasis here is on the word “random.”

No. 8: You’ll be happy as soon as you… Falling into the “arrival fallacy” is something that many people (including me) recognize in themselves.

No. 9: Spending some time alone will make you feel better.

No. 10: The biggest myth: It’s selfish to try to be happier.

Agree? Disagree? Am I missing an important myth?

* Via HeadButler, I read the moving eulogy for writer Robert B. Parker, written by his son.

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