Official Launch February 2nd 2008
Die Happy Today is a unique self-development blog devoted to providing you with creative and different ideas on living fully. I don’t want to die today and I don’t want you to die today. But if either of us were to die today could we say that we died on a day that we were authentically happy.
Self-development with attitude. This site is self-help with attitude. You will encounter a strong personal voice on the topic of self-help. I absolutely promise never to tell you to create SMART goals, cajole you to win one for the gipper, or trivialize your problems by saying when life throws you a lemon make lemonade. I am tired of recycled Dale Carnegie. I read him when I was 12, over 40 years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I think he had a lot to offer but I don’t want to read anymore recycled and tired versions of his work. If I want to learn the ideas of Dale Carnegie I will read Dale Carnegie.
Invitations not impositions. I am tired of self-development speakers and writers making impositions. It works like this: If you just follow my advice, buy my mastery series, hire me as your coach, or take my exclusive one-time-only-designed-just-for-you-packaged-course you will live happily ever after. I don’t want to make impositions or make false promises. I will offer you invitations but like the Buddha said, you must be a lamp unto yourself.
No more positive thinking. I am positive that I am tired of positive thinkers. Sometimes it just seems so false and lacking in realness. If my glass is half empty I don’t need to think about it, I just need to pour more water into it! Bad things happen to both bad and good people. I am not a negative thinker either. I believe in constructive thinking where we look at the role our thoughts, expectations, and beliefs play in the day we have participated in constructing.
Expect contradictions. We have a convoluted brain that seems to resemble a cauliflower to me. If you are looking for consistency go buy cheese whiz or eat smooth rather than crunchy peanut butter. Expect contradictions, ambiguities, uncertainties, and complexity here. I believe it was Walt Whitman who once said, “Do I contradict myself, very well I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”
Why read David Zinger’s Die Happy Today?
- This site will get you thinking – I have taught Educational Psychology at a major Canadian University for over 20 years.
- This site will get you laughing – My Master’s thesis was on humour in counselling (yes in Canada we put “u” in humor and just for the “l” of it we have an extra l in counselling.
- This site will get you commenting – I will not deliberately set up controversy but I am now 53 and it is time to fully offer my perspective, you will get the real zing here.
- Most importantly, this site will contribute to you being able to say, I would die happy today.
You will see 1 or 2 articles a week at this site plus a number of short snippets – quotations and a comment on topics such as happiness, death, and self-development.
You don’t get another life like this one. You will never again play this role and experience this life as it’s been given to you. You will never again experience the world as in this life, in this set of circumstances in quite this way, with these parents, children, and families. You will never have quite this set of friends again. You will never experience the earth with all its wonders in this time again. Don’t wait for one last look at the ocean, the sky, the stars, or a loved one. Go look now. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler in Life Lessons.