You can’t hoard life - Oliver Burkeman

You can’t hoard life — Oliver Burkeman

Perhaps you’ve had the experience of reaching the end of a day on which you’d been unusually successful in getting your work done, or sticking to your fitness routine, but then instead of thinking What a great day!”, you think: That’s the kind of day I’m aiming for, and now it’s my job to make sure I keep on having more and more of them!” The result: you turned a potential source of easy delight into a source of further stress.

We obviously want to set up a life where we have more great days, but as Oliver points out, there is a line we can cross. It’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit of happiness rather than simply being happy.

December 7, 2023
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