10 More Ways to Love Your Life (Second Installment)

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About Jackson Bliss

Jackson Bliss is the author of BLANK, The Ninjas of My Greater Self, Dream Pop Origami + Atlas of Tiny Desires. His essays + short stories have appeared in Tin House, Antioch Review, Kenyon Review, Fiction, Quarterly West, ZYZZYVA, Fiction International, Stand (UK), Huffington Post UK and African American Review, among others. You can find him at www.jacksonbliss.com and on Twitter.

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  1. While I couldn’t agree with this list more (it’s advice that most people should live by), I think it would be fair to point out that it can’t speak for everyone. There are people who don’t have jobs, family, friends – people lacking in the things we find on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, where their happiness isn’t just a state of mind, but something largely out of their control.

    I think one part of this list should be to point out that if we are well off enough that our unhappiness is merely a state of mind, we have a responsibility to make the world better for those that don’t have that luxury.

    • Jackson Bliss says:

      OP,

      Of course that’s true. There’s no way any one list can work for all people in all situations. I think we can all agree on that, which is why I don’t think it’s necessary to include a disclaimer in this list, or any list. No list is exhaustive, just a place to start to tackling the issue at hand. Also, rich, middle class, poor, love serves a vital function for all people. But I agree with you that if you’re trying to survive, love may have to take a back seat. But then again, love might also be the very thing that pushes us through it. For example, when I was living in poverty in 2002, it was exactly love which gave me sustenance + hope for a better life.

      Peace, Blessings,

      -j1b

  2. Tom Brechlin says:

    Personally, I like the list. And I’ll agree that it’s not easy doing pleasurable things or finding pleasure in things while you’re in the throes of an adverse situations. But isn’t that what Jackson is saying though? Try to find the pleasure in life and it may have a positive affect on how you feel?

    C’mon, who hasn’t pulled laundry out of the dryer and smelled it because it smelled fresh and clean? Well maybe some haven’t but IMO, maybe you should?

    • Jackson Bliss says:

      Thanks Tom,

      And I love the metaphor. Pulling out laundry + smelling it afterwards is amazing. You’re not the only one who does that. And, as you say, that’s exactly the point: it’s not necessarily always easy or convenient, but that’s why it’s good for us to do these things. Simple calculus of happiness. Thanks for participating in this convo, Tom

  3. I liked it…:)

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