Magazine article Work & Family Life

Here's What It Takes to Be a Happy Grown-Up

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Here's What It Takes to Be a Happy Grown-Up

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This wise and witty book about grown-ups growing up offers the secrets to a happy life. Author Frank Pittman, a noted psychiatrist, family therapist, writer and lecturer, helps us understand what happiness is, and what it isn't, in his book Grow Up! He describes how we often confuse happiness with self-indulgence and how our preoccupation with seeking happiness actually works against us.

"Happiness, like sweat, is a by-product of activity," Dr. Pittman writes. "You can only achieve happiness if you are too busy living your life to notice whether you are happy or not." He offers this insightful, helpful advice:

To men: "Your job as a grown-up is to get past the contests of adolescence.. so you don't have to keep proving yourself. You can relax the model of masculinity you learned growing up because it is almost surely outdated."

To women: "You need female elders as mentors. …

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