As I’ve worked on my happiness project, I’ve been struck by the contradictions I kept confronting. The opposite of a profound truth is also true, and I often find myself trying to embrace both sides of an idea.
  1. Accept myself, and expect more of myself.
  2. Use my time efficiently, yet make time to play, to wander, to read at whim, to fail.
  3. Take myself less seriously—and take myself more seriously.
  4. Someplace, keep an empty shelf, and someplace, keep a junk drawer.
    If you want to see my empty shelf with your own eyes, watch at minute 6:41–some people are dubious about whether I actually have one.
  5. Think about myself so I can forget myself.
  6. Paying close attention to something sometimes helps me to ignore it. (Like cravings.)
  7. Often it takes discipline to take pleasure.
  8. If I want to keep going, I must allow myself to stop.
  9. The days are long, but the years are short.
    Of everything I’ve ever written, I think this one-minute video resonates most with people.