“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust
The ingredient for true happiness is shockingly simple.
Being the complex humans we are, we like to overcomplicate it. We tell ourselves that we need X, Y, or Z before allowing ourselves to be truly happy. We procrastinate happiness. We tell ourselves we will be happy once we get married. We tell ourselves we will be happy once we finally lose that weight, or once we finally buy that house. This inner dialogue seems like it could be motivating, but it toys with a dangerous idea: that happiness is only achieved once certain conditions are met. And this could not be farther from the truth.
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“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” ― Albert Einstein
The idea that the left-side brain and right-side brain work against each other is a commonly believed misconception.
We all have dominant strengths: some of us are naturally good at mathematics or talented at art from a young age. We all possess unique combinations of skills and qualities that differ wildly, and cannot be simply contained within “he’s just a math guy,” or “she’s a painter.”
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“I am suddenly consumed by nostalgia for the little girl who was me, who loved the fields and believed in God, who spent winter days home sick from school reading Nancy Drew and sucking menthol cough drops, who could keep a secret.” — Audrey Niffenegger
We all share a strange relationship with memory.
Bits and pieces of the past tend to float to the surface when we least expect it. Sometimes, they are unwanted reminders. Upon recognition, we immediately push those memories down again, locking the door behind them, wiping away the trace of dust left behind on our hands.
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