The Art of Happiness

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This is an excellent book and full of wonderful advice on how to achieve happiness in our modern world.  A few of my favorite points are listed below.

  • Happiness can be achieved through training the mind.
  • Success may result in a temporary feeling of elation, or tragedy may send us into a period of depression, but sooner or later our overall level of happiness tends to migrate back to a certain baseline.
  • Whether we are feeling happy or unhappy at any given moment often has very little to do with our absolute conditions, but rather it is a function of how we perceive our situation, how satisfied we are with what we have.
  • Our feelings of contentment are strongly influenced by our tendency to compare.
  • Greed is an exaggerated form of desire, based on over expectation.
  • The true antidote of greed is contentment.
  • Inner contentment is not to have what we want, but rather to want and appreciate what we have.
  • It is more sensible to spend energy focusing on the solution than worrying about the problem.

Organizing Your Life and Getting Rid of Clutter by Carla Wolfe and Delynn Copley

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Here are a few of the tips I learned from this eBook.

  1.  Being clutter free means everything has a place and everything is in its place.
  2. Everything should have a purpose (functional or emotional).
  3. If it doesn’t have a purpose, it is clutter.
  4. If you buy a new item, you should get rid on one like item to prevent clutter from growing.
  5. Make de-cluttering fun by listening to music, watching TV, or getting someone to help you.
  6. Make your organizational system user friendly.
  7. Consolidate like items into one area.