• R: No way I'm taking the streetcar home this time. Too slow.
  • Me: I'd take it--looks like a nice day. Nothing worse than leaving someone's house in the morning with the sun beating down.
  • Mum: My unique daughter.
  • Me: I can't be the only person who prefers overcast to sunny.
  • R: No, other people do too.
  • Me: Yeah, do they?
  • R: Depressed people crave darkness.
  • Me: Oh.
And I am finally seeing
Why I was the one worth leaving
"The District Sleeps Alone Tonight," the Postal Service
Being happy and finding life meaningful overlap, but there are important differences. A large survey revealed multiple differing predictors of happiness (controlling for meaning) and meaningfulness (controlling for happiness). Satisfying one’s needs and wants increased happiness but was largely irrelevant to meaningfulness. Happiness was largely present-oriented, whereas meaningfulness involves integrating past, present, and future. For example, thinking about future and past was associated with high meaningfulness but low happiness. Happiness was linked to being a taker rather than a giver, whereas meaningfulness went with being a giver rather than a taker. Higher levels of worry, stress, and anxiety were linked to higher meaningfulness but lower happiness. Concerns with personal identity and expressing the self contributed to meaning but not happiness.

Stanford researchers studying Positive Psychology examine the key differences between a happy life and a meaningful life (PDF) and offer some “brief composite sketches of the unhappy but meaningful life and of the happy but meaningless life.”

Complement with a simple practice to increase meaningfulness from Positive Psychology founding father Martin Seligman, then revisit Viktor Frankl’s timeless treatise on the human search for meaning.

(via reddit / DecidingToBeBetter)

Jimmy Fallon pays tribute to Robin Williams on The Tonight Show

I wish he could see this though.

Trying to draw free hand ovals on work orders makes me hate myself.

queerpotters:

does anyone else feel like they just lost their favourite uncle

Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death—ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return. One must negotiate this passage as nobly as possible, for the sake of those who are coming after us.
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (via et—cetera)
upknorth:

wildly delicious 
Up Knörth x Circa1983

upknorth:

wildly delicious 

Up Knörth x Circa1983

Stones are baby rocks.
  • R: That's something that might help you, too, actually—Vitamin D. You clearly avoid the sun.
  • Me: What, you think if I take a vitamin D supplement I'll be able to form healthy attachments?
  • R: No.
Ben’s Motel (Allen and Ryan) play Grinder on Main. #livemusic #toronto #bensmotel (at Grinder on Main)

Ben’s Motel (Allen and Ryan) play Grinder on Main. #livemusic #toronto #bensmotel (at Grinder on Main)