Friday, March 18, 2022

What is it about happiness?


This happened!
Acrylic ink on
watercolour paper
5 x 7 inches
Barbara Muir © 2022

Last year at this time I was reading what turned out to be one of
my favourite books ever -- The Happiness Equation, by Neil 
Pasricha.  Neil also sends out daily cheerful posts if you subscribe,
and he tries to keep them funny. He almost quit once, thinking 
that perhaps cheer was in bad taste during the pandemic, but
his subscribers, including me, begged him to continue.

I am reading another book about happiness now, which is 
fascinating because the author, Sophie Hannah, in Happiness, A Mystery
describes so many historical and philosophical views on the subject.  Plus
far the book is funny. So maybe the advance into spring is a
time when classically we think about the subject of joy.

World news, which is grim in so many ways -- the wars, famine,
climate change, make it hard to focus on happiness.  But I almost
think that those of us lucky enough to be living lives that
are graced with peace, health, adequate food and shelter, and a
somewhat regular life, need to hold the concept of happiness as treasured
for those who can't have any of those experiences now, and
do all we possibly can to help.

Have a loving your life day.

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