Wonderful things are especially wonderful the first time they happen, but their wonderfulness wanes with repition. -Daniel Gilbert, Stumbling On Happiness Enjoying holiday candies and cookies can be wonderful. When I am at home and I bite into that first fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie, my taste buds ascend into heaven. A sip of milk makes … Continue reading Quoterday – How Wonderful Are Wonderful Things?
The schools are there, Julie, to regulate the flow of young competitors into the job market. Daniel Quinn, My Ishmael I once believed that my Mom dropped me off at school so I could fill my brain with knowledge. Through diligent study, I would parlay that knowledge into top grades, and an amazing job. But … Continue reading Quoterday – The Purpose of School
Don’t be the person who is waiting for this, that, or the other thing to happen before she can be happy. Sonja Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness It is a hard-fought lesson that tries me daily. Slowly I struggle to surrender this toxic idea - I need validation, achievement, or justification to be happy. "I … Continue reading Quoterday – Happiness Is Never On-Time
To love is to enter into the inevitability of one day not being able to protect what is most valuable to you. -Mohsin Hamid, Exit West: A Novel Why are so many people so afraid to love? Love is an open door. Love is a battlefield. Love is the connective tissue of humanity. Love is … Continue reading Quoterday – The Fear of Love
The pleasurable act of dreaming seems to let us fulfill our wishes in our minds, sapping our energy to perform the hard work of meeting the challenges in real life. -Gabriele Oettingen - Rethinking Postive Thinking Anyone who's seen the self-help section of a bookstore knows. Titles emphasizing positive thinking, goal-setting, and visualizing your ideal life … Continue reading Quoterday – The Dangers of Daydream Overdose
Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it. -Jonathan Haidt - The Happiness Hypothesis "Nothing is miserable unless you think it so." I can see the criticism now. "Yeah, but what about people living with objectively horrific circumstances?" "It's easy to … Continue reading Quoterday – Finding Happiness Through Contentedness
What I am claiming here is not that television is entertaining but that it has made entertainment itself the natural format for the representation of all experience. -Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death People often implore us to critically consider the values and arguments of media content along with the credibility of creators. But how often … Continue reading Quoterday – Television: The Entertainment Medium