Voltaire is the great thinker responsible for the observation, "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good."
I've found this precept to be extremely useful with my happiness project. Instead of pushing myself to an impossible "perfect," and therefore getting nowhere, I accept "good."
This sounds sensible enough, you're thinking, but how does it actually work in real life? Here are some examples:
-- I floss sometimes. Not every day. Sometimes.
-- I don't push myself in exercise. I have friends who, I suspect, secretly scoff at my mild work-out routines. But because they never exercise except to push themselves to the max, they never go, and I've been exercising consistently since high school (Hear are some more tips for sticking to an exercise routine.)
-- I don't call, I email. When I told someone about my April resolution to send my friends birthday emails, he said, "But you should call! A call is much better." True, I admit. But I hate the phone, and IRead More »from User Post: Be happier: Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good