The Story of Your Life

Matters more than you think.


Do you know Eric Barker’s work? I’ve featured it before.

I subscribe to his blog, which appears every week or so. It’s not a daily thing. And I really like his book, Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success is (Mostly) Wrong.

I love this post: This Is The Most Fun Way To Make Your Life Awesome. I think you might too.

You will almost certainly recognize yourself and those you’re closest to.

Best of all, it’s hopeful!

The stories we tell ourselves about our lives, the ways we choose to spend our time on this earth make a huge difference in our sense of personal happiness.

There’s a little-known group of people who live really good lives. Studies show they’re happier. They have more friends. They’re more successful. Accomplished and warm, they’re solid parents and community members. They live purposeful, meaningful lives.

What’s really interesting is that their circumstances vary enormously. Some are rich, some are poor. They’re not united by race, religion or politics and aren’t even organized as a group. More importantly, they’re good people. They lead communities and help shape our world. They are both inspiring and admired.

But what Eldritch witchery leads to this perspective — and all those wonderful benefits? Researcher Dan McAdams did studies to figure that out, and it turned out to be something shockingly simple: it was the story they told themselves about their lives. Again, the events of their lives varied widely. But what was eerily similar was how they told the story of their lives.”

You can read it for yourself HERE.

It will be the best thing you read this week.