A few months ago, I gave a talk at the TEDxNewHaven on “Five Half-Truths About Happiness.”

To give you a preview, the half-truths are…

Hell is other people.

Happiness is all in your head.

A messy kitchen is too insignificant to matter to my happiness.

Happiness should make you feel happy.

One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. 

The truths are true, but they’re only half true, and in this talk, I try to shine a spotlight on both halves of these truths. Do two half-truths make a whole truth? It’s like that old joke, “Two wrongs don’t make a right, but two Wrights make an airplane.”

Also ...

  • Parent Hacks is a terrific resource--"forehead-smackingly smart parenting tips and conversation."

  • Join the happiness conversation over on Facebook, where among other things, I post "Happiness Questions" meant to help you think about your own happiness project. And follow the conversation on Twitter (@gretchenrubin).

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