Live Well and Be Happy

When life doesn't go the way we want it to

by Autumnlife's Pick, 31 Jan 2018

"Things can and will go wrong" urged Gary Hayden in this article. He recounted a poem by Robert Burns, a great Scottish poet, "To A Mouse, by way of apology." 

Further exploring the works of English mentalist and illusionist, Derren Brown, and 19th-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, Hayden tells us that much of what happens in our lives is beyond our control. As Derren Brown advises, we should not dwell on what our lives should have been but accept the present and make the best of it. After all, it is not worth living a life that is constantly disappointing and frustrating in trying to control what we can't.


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Gary Hayden is a philosophy and science writer.

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