Category Archives: Attitudes (Good ones)

0297_Fix Yourself_Jordan Peterson_PragerU video January 9, 2018

Donna Jack
January 29, 2018

One of the prevalent problems today is that young (and old) do not want to invest in solutions, but just want to blame.  In the following video Jordan Peterson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto says:

By setting out to fix yourself, “maybe you’ll become strong enough to accept that burden, and in that fashion even come to act nobly, and with purpose.”  “The proper way to fix the world isn’t to fix the world. There’s no reason to assume that you’re even up to such a task. But you can fix yourself. You’ll do no one any harm by doing so.”

This PragerU video presents some concrete things people can DO, and find positive results in their lives (and the lives of those around them).




Blaming others for your problems is a complete waste of time. When you do that, you don’t learn anything.

You can’t grow, and you can’t mature. Thus, you can’t make your life better.

In my three decades as a professor and clinical psychologist, I have learned that there are two fundamental attitudes toward life and its sorrows. Those with the first attitude blame the world. Those with the second ask what they could do differently.

Imagine a couple on the brink of divorce. They’re hurt and angry. The unhappy, bitter husband recalls the terrible things his wife has done, and the reasons he can no longer live with her.

The harried and disillusioned wife, in turn, can describe all the ways her husband let her down. Each has a long list of necessary changes—for the other person.

Their prospects for reconciliation are grim. Why? Because other people aren’t the problem. You’re the problem. You can’t change other people, but you can change yourself. But it’s difficult. It takes courage to change, and it takes discipline. It’s much easier—and much more gratifying to your basest desires—to blame someone else for your misery. Continue reading

0276_The Key to Unhappiness_Dennis Prager_PragerU Video – Nov. 20, 2017

Donna Jack
November 26, 2017

It is reasonable for this PragerU video to follow our celebration of Thanksgiving Day three days ago.

The Key to Unhappiness

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Published on Nov 20, 2017

 Want to be miserable, resentful, and bitter? Few people do, and yet many people are. Why? Because many people have the one primary character trait that leads to unhappiness. And you need to avoid it. Nationally syndicated talk show host Dennis Prager explains.

Script printed on the PragerU website:

How many times have you heard someone say they want to make a better world? It is a noble sentiment, but very hard to achieve, right? Well, actually, it’s quite easy. All we have to do is increase just one human trait.

This trait is so powerful that it alone can make people happier without working on their happiness, and make them better – and by “better,” I mean more generous, more honest, more kind, more everything good – without a single lesson in morality. Continue reading