King Solomon’s Ring
King Solomon had a ring on which were inscribed the words “This too shall pass.” The meaning is clear: don’t get too high and don’t get too low. Try to keep an even temperament. It’s the surest road to happiness.
The Spiral Staircase
Dennis talks to Dr. Stephen Marmer, member of the clinical faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine and psychiatrist in private practice in Brentwood, CA, about personal growth issues that recur in our lives. Each time we confront these issues, we do so from a different perspective.
The Male Condition
Men make themselves unhappy by bemoaning their lack of achievement. At 30, they should have had more success, at 40, at 50, at 60 and all the years in between. No matter how much success a man has, he’s usually disappointed that he didn’t further, but no one can achieve what they imagine. Just recognizing that this problem is universal can alleviate some of the pain.
Life is Relentless
This is one of Dennis’s great lines – life is relentless. There are no time outs. Every day we battle something in our effort to stay happy. Different people have different battles. But everybody has something. Simply recognizing this fact, makes the struggle a little easier.
Miserable by Choice
We assume that everyone wants to be happy. But is this true? Are there are unhappy people who relish their misery? And if so, what are the reasons?
In the Wilderness
The nature of life is to wander in the proverbial wilderness. That “wilderness” can take many forms – career, spiritual, relationships. Sometimes we find a way out; sometimes we don’t. Even Moses didn’t make it to the Promised Land. But how we come to terms with this idea is a key to living a happier life.
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