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How to find joy in your Sisyphean existence

By Arthur C. Brooks

02 Mar 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Tasks that combine boredom, struggle, stress, and futility may be labeled “Sisyphean.” The Atlantic weighs in on how we can find joy in the mundane tasks that life presents us with.

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Sisyphus, the king of Ephyra, was renowned in Greek mythology for his ingenuity; indeed, so clever was he that he cheated death twice, angering the gods. They took their revenge by condemning Sisyphus to eternal torment in the underworld: He had to roll a huge boulder up a hill. When he reached the top, the stone would roll back down to the bottom, and he would have to start all over, on and on, forever.

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