Words to Live By [Aphorisms – Happiness Project]

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In her book, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin shares some aphorisms*. I call such sayings truisms or “words to live by.”

I will first share Gretchen’s, (those listed in her book “The Happiness Project”). Then, I will add mine.

My readers are free – and encouraged – to add their favorites in the comment section below.


*Aphorism: a pithy observation that contains a general truth, such as, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” 


Gretchen’s Words to Live By

  • People don’t notice your mistakes as much as you think.
  • Ask for help.
  • Most decisions don’t require research.
  • Do good feel good.
  • Be nice to all you meet.
  • Bring a sweater.
  • By doing a little each day, you can get a lot accomplished
  • Soap and water remove most stains.
  • Turning the computer (or laptop) on and off a few times often fixes the glitch.
  • If you can’t find something, clean up.
  • You can choose what to do, you can’t choose what you like to do.
  • Happiness doesn’t always make you happy.
  • What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.
  • You don’t have to be good at everything.
  • If you are not failing, you are not trying hard enough.
  • Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.
  • What’s fun for others may not be fun for you, and vice versa.
  • People prefer you buy a wedding gift from their registry.
  • You can’t profoundly change your kids’ nature by nagging them or signing them up for classes.
  • No deposit, no return.


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Florence’s Words to Live By

  • People don’t care about what you know until they know how much you care.
  • Most of what we worry about never happens.
  • Getting old is a privilege not given to everyone.
  • You can’t change anyone except yourself.
  • Treat yourself with as much kindness as you would a dear friend. You are just as worthy.
  • You are here for a reason, your presence was and is required.
  • It is okay to be different.
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  • Don’t judge a book by its cover.
  • Outward beauty cannot hide shallowness or self-centeredness.


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