How envy eats away at your net worth

Sarah, leaned over my way and whispered, “I am so envious I cannot hardly stand it.” I didn’t know what to think. Envious? Envious of what? Then I understood. She was envious of the acclaim the organization was receiving. She craved approval and validation. That organization had it. She wanted what they had for herself. … Read more

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life: What Dirty Harry has to say about it.

When I was headmaster of a private school, back in the earlier days of my career, I used to engage in the fruitless task of semi-annual performance appraisals. (I have long since abandoned this management task). I would list four levels of development and competence which I had made into a chart. The lowest level … Read more

How to be happy for the rest of your life – contentment

Some of us remember Mad Magazine (actually it is still in publication after 60 years) and its resident mascot Alfred E. Newman. He is most famous for his “What, me worry?” line, but he had another epithet that is less well-known but revealing nonetheless. He said: “Most people don’t know what they want, but they’re … Read more

If you want to be happy for the rest of your life – part 4 – play the cards you are dealt

“Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound … Read more