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Are You Happy? #Happiness #Life

At each significant stage of my life, whether it was the first day of school, or college or moving to a new place, or marriage, well-meaning friends and relatives have asked me: are you happy? I’ve given garbled responses, of course, because unlike common belief on the subject, there is no yes or no answer,…

Writing on Happiness in Writing

This is what celebrated writer Colm Toibin has to say about writing and its emotional content: “Oh there’s no pleasure. Except that I don’t have to work for anyone who bullies me. I write with a sort of grim determination to deal with things that are hidden and difficult and this means, I think, that…

I was a smiling nightingale this morning

I do not know how often this happens to you, but it happens to me some mornings. I become, well, a nightingale. It is as if a song in my sleep continues into my waking dreams. I can’t stop singing, humming, whistling, and invent a whole new repertoire of tunes that seem to have just…