Independently Happy

I take happiness seriously. So you don't have to.

How Empathy Forms Calluses Instead of Callousness


The Virtuous Circles post got me thinking about calluses. Being an on-and-off guitarist, I know that calluses are a good thing. When I start practicing, my fingers quickly get sore. I can’t play guitar as long. As I develop calluses on my fingers, I can play guitar longer. Then there is the insensitive callous, the […]

Jobs Are Temporary, Bodies Are Permanent

jobs are temporary

Is your job a source of major stress? If so, try to remember that it’s temporary. Right now it may seem like everything. You spend 8 to 12 hours on it five to seven days each week. It pays all your bills, it consumes all your time and all your thoughts. It’s the source of […]

A Wealth of Choices


In “We Are All Weird,” Seth Godin stated that wealth is having choices. In the West that means we have more choices of cars to purchase since we can add the more expensive makers as options. We can add the options of Europe and Disney to our vacation decisions. The money itself isn’t what we […]

Your Happiness Isn’t Management’s Responsibility

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Do you hate your job? I used to. I bounced between thinking management just didn’t give a damn about its employees and thinking they’re doing evil things to us on purpose just to see how much we’ll take. It sometimes seemed like they were trying to make us miserable. I now realize how absurd that […]

Focus on Life’s Enormousness, Not Life’s Enormity


Enormity vs. enormousness. These two words sound alike but have completely different meanings. They also an opportunity for an important mindset. Focus on life’s enormousness, not life’s enormity. Isn’t that a Pinable image! I love words that sound similar, especially when they have completely different meanings. They are almost always an excellent opportunity for philosophical […]