14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

In this tongue-in-cheek article, one of the founders of the Family Therapy movement articulates 14 things that people do to make life much harder than it needs to be along with suggested “exercises” for becoming even more miserable.   It’s a lot of fun and educational to boot.  Here’s an example…

Be critical. Make sure to have an endless list of dislikes and voice them often, whether or not your opinion is solicited. For example, don’t hesitate to say, “That’s what you chose to wear this morning?” or “Why is your voice so shrill?” If someone is eating eggs, tell them you don’t like eggs. Your negativity can be applied to almost anything.

It helps if the things you criticize are well liked by most people so that your dislike of them sets you apart. Disliking traffic and mosquitos isn’t creative enough: everyone knows what it’s like to find these things annoying, and they won’t pay much attention if you find them annoying, too. But disliking the new movie that all your friends are praising? You’ll find plenty of opportunities to counter your friends’ glowing reviews with your contrarian opinion.   READ MORE

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