I recently finished the Replacing Guilt series (by Nate Soares).
I don't struggle much with guilt. I consider myself a happy and energetic person. I also spent several years studying psychology, and I'm familiar with many techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy.
So I was surprised by how impressed I was with Replacing Guilt. Elegant writing, memorable stories, useful advice, and dark humor.
There are few things I would put in the category of "pretty much everyone I know should spend 5 minutes reading this to see if it might be helpful, and at least 20% of them should read the whole thing." I feel this way about Replacing Guilt.
As I read, I wrote a few sentences summarizing each post. I mostly did this to improve my own comprehension/memory.
You should treat the summaries as "here's what Akash took away from this post" as opposed to "here's an actual summary of what Nate said."
Note that the summaries are not meant to replace the posts-- in fact, they're intended to get you to read the posts (especially the ones that seem interesting, though I recommend starting from the beginning).
Here are my notes on each post, in order. Tomorrow, I'll post a tier-list.
Half-assing it with everything you’ve got
Failing with abandon
The Stamp Collector
You’re allowed to fight for something
Caring about something larger than yourself
You don’t get to know what you’re fighting for
Should considered harmful
Not because you should
Your shoulds are not a duty
Working yourself ragged is not a virtue
Rest in motion
Don’t steer with guilt
Update from the suckerpunch
Be a new homunculus
Not yet gods
Where coulds go
There are no bad people
Residing in the mortal realm
Being unable to despair
See the dark world
Choose without suffering
Detach the grim-o-meter
Simply locate yourself
Have no excuses
Come to your terms
Transmute Guilt into Resolve
The best you can
Dark, not colorless
Stop trying to try and try
There is no try
The art of response
Confidence all the way up
How we will be measured
If you want to read and comment on all of these on LW you can do so via this sequence page: Replacing Guilt
It's weird how so much rationalist wisdom has been intuitively obvious to me my entire life, yet I have never been able to put any of it into action. All this is more examples of that: big duh, but big duh that I've never actually lived in accordance with. Mysteriously, I guess that makes it not very duh at all.
Something something akrasia maybe? Or some of the other stuff in that wiki's "see also" section?