Most other “how-to” books tell you
Not to worry. (When’s the last time someone told you not to
worry and you stopped?)
Not to feel guilty. (If you’ve done something wrong, why
shouldn’t you feel guilty?)
That you can be anything you want to be. (You should live
To get rid of unrealistic expectations. (How does one know
in advance that one’s expectations are unrealistic?)
That if you eliminate shoulds, musts, perfectionistic ten-
dencies, worries, and other imperfections you’ll be
happy. (So, what else is new?)
The plain fact is that
Life, in large part, is made up of things to worry about,
not only personal things,
but the state of the world,
hunger, over-population, torture, crime-infested
cities, disasters, personal tragedies, despair.
Life can be unfair, unlucky, uninteresting, unnerving
for large parts of the day
or for years.
Real people have bad moods,
periods of depression,
fall in love with someone who doesn’t love them.
Life can also be full of joys, pleasures, and excitements. They
may not last long, but nevertheless they are real.
Most other self-help books want you to pretend that you are
the only reality. This book does not pretend. It acknowledges
the pain of the real world, but it also says that
Optimism is easier than pessimism.
Wisdom, daydreaming, and risk-taking introduce you to
options that you never felt possible.
We don’t have all the answers,
but we try to attend to many of your questions.
We expect you to make up your own mind,
especially about controversial issues
and in ways that enhance your own well-being.
It’s for a school project. If you have any questions about it, message me personally. I will not be making fun of or criticizing your selfies, you, or selfies/selfie-takers in general. I would prefer they only be of one person, whole head visible. Thank you!
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