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Finding Happiness by Virginia Murphy-Berman

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PART I

Connecting to the Past: Stories We Tell Ourselves

It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.

—Dale Carnegie

We will start with our thoughts about our past. Certainly, we all want to connect to our past in a way that gives us peace and contentment. We may think that we have no choice in how we view our past, or that we have only one true past, and that we are not at all selective in how we remember and interpret that past. This is not true. We all have thousands and thousands of incidents that form our past experience, and we can actively decide which ones of these incidents to emphasize at any given time. These incidents that we do focus ...

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