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The simple secrets to happiness: Turns out a better life rests on habits.
“We are what we repeatedly do,” wrote historian and philosopher Will Durant, paraphrasing Aristotle, in The Story of Philosophy. “Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” And in his defining treatise on the subject, the 19th-century philosopher William James referred to humans as “mere walking bundles of habits.” But which ones? If almost half the things we do are out of habit, it’s a smart plan to make those habits the right ones. Good habits, in effect, can be the prelude to happiness.
But developing a good habit, or breaking a bad one, isn’t easy, as anyone who has made a New Year’s resolution can attest.
Ah, there’s the rub.
Ironic headline: “Father of Birth Control Pill” Dies.
Mama Lewis: What you don’t know about my husband:
I am the face of this blog. As such, people often tell me how much they admire my dedication to May.
What people don’t realize is that my husband deserves much of the credit. My husband is May’s main caregiver. Her bather. Her chef. Her afternoon sleeping companion. She’s watched a full Tour de France. Twice. All because she spends so much time with him.
“This is the song that proved May has better taste in music than you, Stacie,” is a typical aside in our conversation. And May does genuinely has a more eclectic taste in music than I do. Why? Because she spends so much time listening to it with her daddy.
He is the one who spots her troubles first and identifies them correctly. He is the one the school turns to when I’m in the hospital. Or, her therapists. Or, her doctors.
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