10 lessons from the book The Happiness Hypothesis

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Love and work are to people what water and sunshine are to plants.

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There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

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The rider evolved to serve to the elephant.

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What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our mind. —BUDDHA

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Leo Tolstoy wrote: “One can live magnificently in this world, if one knows how to work and how to love, to work for the person one loves and to love one’s work.

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Human thinking depends on metaphor. We understand new or complex things in relation to things we already know.

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Reciprocity is a deep instinct; it is the basic currency of social life.

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Having once reviewed the literature on the catharsis hypothesis, I knew that there was no evidence for it. Letting off steam makes people angrier, not calmer.

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My expectations were reduced to zero when I was twenty-one. Everything since then has been a bonus.

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