Desiderata is Latin for "desired things." The poem was written in 1927 by American writer, poet and attorney, Max Ehrmann. Embrace it fully as a life philosophy, and you'll probably never need a psychiatrist.
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
Author Unknown (often incorrectly attributed to Emerson)
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