I’d Rather Feel Good!

by Scott Noelle

We’ve been conditioned by the agents of our culture — parents, teachers, the media, etc. — to believe that our success and happiness depend on being “right.”

Today, let’s question that...

When you argue with your child, you may be “right,” but do you feel happy?

When you criticize your partner, you may be “right,” but do you feel love?

When you berate yourself for making a mistake, you get to be “right” about your wrongness! Are we having fun yet???

Improve Your Groove

If you feel stress today — even mild tension — ask yourself if you’re trying to be “right” about something, and consider the potential relief of simply letting it go.

Just breathe... and tell yourself, “I’d rather feel good than be right!”

Originally published on 2006-05-29
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