Love Is The Strongest Medicine: Notes from a Cancer Doctor on Connection, Creativity, and Compassion

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This One Thing Will Induce Happiness When Repeated Daily

This One Thing Will Induce Happiness When Repeated Daily

“We all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Damn, he's right.

Eff that.

No one’s opinion of you means anything.

How could it?

Nothing inherently "means" anything without you.

You're the meaning-making machine that gives a meaning, an interpretation, to everything that happens to you.

Everything said about you.

Everything written about you.

Don’t let yourself be affected by it.

Instead, do something that helps someone else feel a little better about themselves.

Yes, her.

Maybe him.

The one gazing in your general direction.

Repeat this every day.

Keep repeating.


Don't stop.

Even today.

Like, now.

The above, when repeated consistently, will induce happiness.

Microstep: Let their opinion of you go.  It's meaningless anyway.  Focus on the world out there, right in front of you.  Help someone gazing in your direction.  You can make a difference for them.