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#785 Even if progress is imperfect and slow

#785 Even if progress is imperfect and slow
Working on a problem reduces the fear of it.
It’s hard to fear a problem when you are making progress on it—even if progress is imperfect and slow.
Action relieves anxiety
By James Clear

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From the archives (2017)

204/365 Balance

204/365 Balance
We were sufficiently similar to understand each other easily, and sufficiently different to surprise each other.

From "Thinking, Fast and Slow"
by Daniel Kahneman

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203/365 Life has meaning when

203/365 Life has meaning when
An experience is meaningful when it is related positively to a person’s goals. Life has meaning when we have a purpose that justifies our strivings, and when experience is ordered.

From "Flow: The Psychology of Happiness"
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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202/365 The argument against freedom

202/365 The argument against freedom
Therefore freedom does not necessarily help develop meaning in life—on the contrary. If the rules of a game become too flexible, concentration flags, and it is more difficult to attain a flow experience. Commitment to a goal and to the rules it entails is much easier when the choices are few and clear.

From "Flow: The Psychology of Happiness"
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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201/365 Finding meaning

201/365 Finding meaning
The most important step in emancipating oneself from social controls is the ability to find rewards in the events of each moment. If a person learns to enjoy and find meaning in the ongoing stream of experience, in the process of living itself, the burden of social controls automatically falls from one’s shoulders. Power returns to the person when rewards are no longer relegated to outside forces.

From "Flow: The Psychology of Happiness"
by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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200/365 Embrace the moment

200/365 Embrace the moment
We can either spend this moment wishing it could be different, or we can embrace this moment.

From "A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy"
by William B. Irvine

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