Death and Jane Austen: A Lesson In Happiness

February 28, 2011

Now here’s an interesting snippet of research:  http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-02/gmu-agm022811.php It seems to tie into our sense of self-importance. If we are willing to accept that we are a part of the community of life on this planet we are more ‘philosophical’ about ourselves, our mortality, *and* about other people. But if we insist on believing ourselves to be outside of, or in religious traditions, dominant over the natural world, we not only increase our fear and hatred, we increase our fear of our own mortality.

Just let go a little, people. Be excited to be part of the network, and maybe life will be a bit more pleasant for you and for those around you.

As Jane Austen said,  “It is as well to have as many holds on happiness as possible”. Sometimes that hold on happiness comes from letting go.

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