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November 15 2010

The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost. ... People consistently reported being happiest when their minds were on what they were doing.
io9: Letting your mind wander is a major cause of unhappiness
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December 30 2007

The brain constantly adjusts its idea of what it needs to be happy. [H]appiness is less an ideal state than a tool our genes use to get us working harder and grasping for more stuff, whether we enjoy the struggle or not.
The Walrus >> Urban Happiness
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October 31 2007

Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill your enemies.
— Nelson Mandela
via Raganwald, as "Something to consider when someone criticizes your code"

October 11 2007

The Greeks believed that comedy was superior to tragedy: tragedy was the merely human view of life (we sicken, we die). But comedy was the gods' view, from on high: our endless and repetitive cycle of suffering, our horror of it, our inability to escape it. ... And the best of comedy tried to give us that relaxed, amused perspective on our flawed selves. We became as gods, laughing at our own follies.
Julian Gough: Divine Comedy
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