The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

The Alternet has the article The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People: How to succeed at self-sabotage. To give you just a flavor of this article, here is a brief excerpt.

After perusing the output of some of the finest brains in the therapy profession, I’ve come to the conclusion that misery is an art form, and the satisfaction people seem to find in it reflects the creative effort required to cultivate it. In other words, when your living conditions are stable, peaceful, and prosperous—no civil wars raging in your streets, no mass hunger, no epidemic disease, no vexation from poverty—making yourself miserable is a craft all its own, requiring imagination, vision, and ingenuity. It can even give life a distinctive meaning.

I’ll be amazed if you read this article and don’t recognize some people you know, or perhaps even yourself. I did, and I won’t tell you which is which.

For a hint, I’ll say that when the book by Stephen R. Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® was all the rage, I had no interest in reading it.  My interest became especially low when the book became the suggested reading of the CEOs and HR departments of companies where I worked.


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