I had two surprising (at least to me) reactions to Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run: 1) I became a vegetarian, and 2) I learned a valuable lesson about life.
Loll. Laugh. Lose track of time. Idle — magnificently, of course. So advises Lin Yutang in The Importance of Living, his 1938 guide to living a happy and fulfilling life. Much of his wisdom is essentially a translation of the ancient Chinese greats for Western audiences. He usefully distills the flowery lyricism of the sages into simple and timeless how-to’s. For example: you’re happy when your bowels move, and unhappy when they don’t. However, living well is anything but simple.