Saturday, March 11, 2006

Book Thoughts: Tuesdays With Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie
After reading Chasing Daylight, I thought that I should finally get around to reading Mitch Albom's best-seller about what he learned from his dying professor. Despite the fact that the only things I knew about the book going in were that Mitch was a well-regarded sports reporter, and that Will & Grace had made fun of it, I found the book well worth reading.

I won't go into how it is touching and honestly written. What interested me most is how closely Morrie Schwartz's dying wisdom echoes what scientific studies like Why We Do What We Do have found, as well as what Gene O'Kelly discovered in Chasing Daylight:

The keys to happiness are focusing on our relationships with the ones we care about, learning to be true to ourselves, and doing things to contribute to a larger purpose.

In the end, I think it's more than coincidence that men as different as Morrie's ageing hippie and O'Kelly's Type-A accountant come to the same conclusions as the ancient sages and modern scientists.

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