Day 2355: How To Make Yourself Miserable

How to make yourself miserable?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Hold on to resentments.
  • Expect people to change for you.
  • Notice the negatives.
  • Compare yourself to other people.
  • Avoid awareness of the current moment.
  • Anticipate the worst.
  • Live in the past.
  • Stubbornly resist inevitable changes.
  • Stay in upsetting situations.
  • Hang around with critical people.
  • Beat yourself up about mistakes.
  • Say “yes’ to everything.
  • Say “no” to everything.
  • Squelch your creativity.
  • Let your fears control you.
  • Cultivate your distrust of the unknown (especially other people).
  • Stay small so you won’t “bother” others.
  • Avoid things that might make you happy.
  • Decide you’re too old to learn.
  • Decide you’re too young or inexperienced to know enough.
  • Be so invested in a particular outcome that you don’t have a Plan B.
  • Focus on should’s rather than could’s.
  • Do not indulge in hope because you might get disappointed.
  • Do not read the hilarious and helpful book “How to Make Yourself Miserable” by Dan Greenburg with Marcia Jacobs.


I hope none of my other photos make you miserable, here and now.























Here‘s 7 Ways to Maximize Misery:

Here‘s Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now by The Smiths.

Heaven knows I’m not miserable now that I’ve written today’s daily blog.  Thanks to all who helped me create this post and — of course! — to YOU.


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14 thoughts on “Day 2355: How To Make Yourself Miserable

  1. You made me less miserable this morning, Ann, by allowing me to think about the many and varied entrance requirements they might have on Nut Island.

  2. Miserable is a day without Harley.

  3. sadly, I think that the ‘miserable’ setting is a much easier default for many people, but the ‘happy’ setting is well worth the effort.

  4. Marcia Jacobs says she “never wrote anything” and yet she’s co-author of How To Make Yourself Miserable. I hope she’s not making herself miserable by not giving herself the credit she deserves.
    I also hope I’d be accurate in describing myself to someone who didn’t know me as someone who looks for the good in others.

  5. Maureen

    I’m not sure what I’m supposed to feel about that long list of all the ways I could myself miserable, but I don’t feel miserable about that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I find your water photos very refreshing. The light is perfect.

  6. With those beautiful views of the water it would be impossible for me to be miserable, Ann. Impossible! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I’ve forgotten

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