The Art of Living-happiness


This post really is somewhat about Epictetus and Stoic philosophy as the book, The Art of Living, presents it.  But I will wind around on the way there.

When I was a college freshman, I took a class in Psychology.  I hoped that Psychology would give me some insights about how to deal with my own issues–shyness, anxiety and so forth.  The class disappointed me  That was not what Psychology 101 was about.

But in the student bookstore, right by the cash register, they were pushing a book called Psychocybernetics by Maxwell Maltz.  Someone thought this book would help college students. Maltz was originally a plastic surgeon.  He had discovered that sometimes giving someone a better face did not change their self-image.  So his book was kind of about self-image.

Anyway, just one line in that book proved revolutionary for me.  He defined happiness as thinking pleasant thoughts most of…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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