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I occasionally write about lessons learned on the journey to live a healthier, happier and more intentional life. 


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  • James von der Lieth

How to Be Miserable

Do you know what one thing all miserable people have in common? They worry about things they can't control.

For instance…

  • Politics

  • Sports teams they aren’t on

  • The stock market

  • The economy

  • Weather

  • Crime

This might include:

  • Obsessively posting into their Facebook echo chamber about politics

  • Screaming at refs through the TV

  • Refreshing the phone every hour to check the stock market

  • Allowing macroeconomic statistics like the unemployment rate to shape their outlook on their own opportunities

  • Attaching their mood to the upcoming weather

  • Obsessing about local crime activity.

It’s all the same result: Useless anxiety and wasted energy.

There is a multi-billion dollar industry whose sole purpose is to spoon feed fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) to the masses about topics they can't control. It's called mainstream media, and they've gotten really good at it. FUD works on human's lizard brains. It gets people's attention and therefore sells ads. Try watching any news channel without thinking the world is doomed.

Want to be miserable? Worry about things you can’t control.

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