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What’s Your “Pigeon of Discontent”? Weigh In!

Posted Sep 27 2012 9:06am

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent that a reader has raised in the comments. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by the Pigeons of Discontent.

These aren’t the major happiness challenges that we face, but rather, those little nagging problems that settle into roost.

I’m constantly surprised by what a big happiness boost I can get from small changes. As Samuel Johnson wrote–and I love this quotation so much that I quoted it in Happier at Home – “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.” Tackling small nuisances has a big influence on my day.

What Pigeon of Discontent is messing with you lately? Please post your suggestions below, as fodder for possible future videos. If you’d like to see previous Pigeon videos, you can find them here .

I think I’m going to switch to a different subject for the weekly videos; I’m still thinking through my new idea–but I’m really excited about it. So if you have a Pigeon of Discontent, mention it now!

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