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“Most of Us Need Some Sort of Plan to Give Our Lives Coherence.”

Posted Dec 15 2013 7:41am

fairbrother “Some people are born with the gift of being happy for the moment, but most of us need some sort of plan to give our lives coherence. And since human beings are mostly virtuous, we need to feel good and useful, that others are happy round us, that no one suffers through our doing. All this besides being warm and fed, and healthy, and occupied, and a dozen other luxuries. Small wonder that happiness is a fitful state.”

Nan Fairbrother, An English Year

“Some sort of plan to give our lives coherence”…this is one place where habits meet happiness. More to come in Before and After !

She also wrote, “ ”The happiness of others is almost completely unpredictable.”

Agree, disagree?

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