Achieving perfection

Gretchen Rubin: What’s something you know now about happiness that you didn’t know when you were 18 years old?

Elizabeth Svoboda: I could have saved myself a lot of heartache if I’d realized you don’t have to achieve perfection in order to be happy. In fact, you actually don’t want to achieve perfection, because our mistakes teach us a heck of a lot. Our culture’s focus on over-achievement tempts us to try to to find the shortest route to any life destination, but finding happiness often involves a lot of false starts and detours–and that’s totally OK.

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