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"Happy People Make People Happy -- But You Can't MAKE Someone Happy."

Posted Oct 25 2010 6:09am

For the past few weeks, I've been thinking and writing a lot about how people of pronounced positivity and people of pronounced negativity affect each other. (a/k/a Tiggers vs. Eeyores .) These two groups often annoy and drain each other (and themselves) in their efforts to make conversions to their own ways of thinking.

Whenever I have a big idea, I try to sum it up in a few words: "The days are long, but the years are short "; "Accept myself, and expect more from myself." Sometimes these are a bit koan-ish : "Happiness doesn't always make me feel happy."

I summed up the present line of argument in this way Happy people make people happy -- but you can't make someone happy.

What do you think?

And more on this topic for a while.

On another note -- thanks so much for all the kind words of congratulations about the Kristin Davis/NBC/Kristin Newman television deal ! I appreciate that so much.

* I'm in Long Beach, California, right now, to speak at Maria Shriver's Women's Conference this evening -- so happy to be here. If you're interested, you should be able to watch the live webcast here .

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