The Beauty of Being Wretched

Growing up I had no contact with cancer. My first exposure to its grim realities was a movie in the early 80s. John Hurt played the role of a man who was often reduced to vomiting in his sink. It shook me up and I always felt deep sympathy for anyone diagnosed. Over the decades […]

Wait Three Months and Things will be Better

There is no doubt life can batter you. However, those blows are transitory. Dan Gilbert’s research shows that we recover from most things after about three months. Don’t take my words for it, have a listen to Gilbert, a Harvard professor, who studies the science of happiness. He explains it so much better. No matter […]

Synthetic Happiness – Win Millions or Lose a Leg?

In this video, Harvard Professor Dan Gilbert explains synthetic happiness. This odd-sounding concept is about the happiness we manufacture when we don’t get what we want from life. Given the way ‘crap happens’, that is a darn handy thing to know. So, please take a moment to wrap your thinking gear around this concept. Synthetic […]

Old Soldiers Just Fade Away – Death of a Friend

A few months ago I was saddened by the death of a friend. I deeply admired him. He was one of the kindest men I’d ever met. We were neighbours for 12 years and grew close over that time. He’d drop over for a beer or a cup of tea or we’d have dinner at each […]

Science of Happiness – Skip the Drugs, Give Me Happy Juice

Happiness is a state of mind. A way of life and, yes, perhaps even a choice we make. Happiness is not about what we own or who we are. Could it be true that we actually choose whether to be happy in life? Can we choose whether to be lonely and miserable or to feel connected, […]