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Balanced Life -- 10 Widespread Myths about Happiness -- Do You Believe Any of These?

06/14/2011 11:57 am ET | Updated Aug 14, 2011

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Every Wednesday is Tip Day (or List Day, or Quiz Day).

This Wednesday: 10 myths about happiness -- which do you believe?

I'm leaving my desk for a few days, so in my absence, thought I'd re-post one of my favorite round-up pieces, about ten widespread myths about happiness.

A while back, each day for two weeks, I posted about Ten Happiness Myths. Here they are, for your reading convenience.

Note: I wish that in this post, I'd made it clearer that I wasn't talking about restorative, peaceful solitude, which most people crave to a greater or lesser degree (I certainly need enormous quantities, myself) -- but rather the drained, can't-get-off-the-couch kind of isolation that sometimes sets in when you're feeling too blue to connect with others. In that state, pushing yourself to see other people is likely to give a lift.

No. 10: The biggest myth: It's selfish to try to be happier.

Agree? Disagree? Am I missing an important myth?

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