After reading a New Yorker article on America’s biggest selling books, —many of which are “self-help”, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, You Can Heal Your Life, and How to Win Friends and Influence People — I realized I’d read many of them and none helped me help myself (although plenty of other things in my life have). The long-winded advice didn’t match the promise of their titles.

Soon after at the inspired instagram @upstate-diary, I stumbled on five perfect lines of Self-help.


Then clicking on the intriguing Have a Life in upstate_diary’s stories, I found this succinct hunk of wisdom:

Twelve lines total. Succinct. Effective. Perfect.

@upstate_diary is the instagram companion to Upstate Diary, a brilliant physical magazine many of whose stories you can read on its website. Click the ARCHIVE dropdown menu or on one of the featured stories on the home page. Read about Upstate Diary here.

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One thought on “Will Real Self-Help Please Stand UP?

  1. How did you know I needed ALL of this?!!!!! It’s as though you read my mind only better because posting it reminds me that I am not the only one for whom things get swampy!

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