Mental Aikido: The Necessity of Unhappiness in the Ideal Life

I believe happiness is important, and all else being equal, the happy life is better than the unhappy one. But this doesn’t mean I believe the ideal life is free from unhappy moments. I have plenty of unhappy moments, and I think that’s okay, perhaps even necessary, to live well. Some Unhappiness is a Necessary […]

It’s Okay to be Unhappy

One of the most destructive myths is believing you need to be happy all of the time.  Abraham Lincoln fought depression for most of his life.  Mark Twain suffered from bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression.  Happiness is important.  But it’s not a prerequisite for success. I think this is especially important to remember […]