Mr. Gaiman’s commencement address has been making its way around the internet. If you haven’t seen it yet, please take the time to watch it. It’s very good. If you haven’t the time, this comic sums it up nicely.
I swiped today’s monster from something a friend of mine wrote, describing how she felt after a particularly stressful week. I had to rewrite it a bit to fit my self –imposed six word limitation. The actual quote is, “I am riding the wave and I am grateful for the ocean.” If I understand her correctly, it means life, like a wave has its ups and downs (or its crest and trough, if you need your metaphor to have to proper labeling.) but she’s grateful to be here. It’s a good way to look at things. It is very easy to dwell on the negative, despite the fact it never helps. Plus it’s always good to be thankful. My monster is depicting a bit more literal translation, but it doesn’t hurt to be grateful for the real ocean.
If you have set qualifiers for happiness, you are probably screwed.
I’ll be happy when I get a new car, a new job, a girlfriend, a wife, or kids. It doesn’t matter. Happiness is always just around the corner, just out of reach.
Studies have shown spending money on experiences leaves us happier than if we spent the same cash on possessions. Is that true? It certainly sounds true. It’s a good place to start, any way. The exception is buying coffee. Coffee is liquid happiness. Everyone knows that.