Can we make ourselves happier? It is a question I have looked at so often – along with feminist issues – that I even have a category for it on this blog called Existential – and women.
Some say that a combination of a) physical activity; b) other people; and c) nature is the key to happiness, cf walking the Dales Way in England
One of my key ways to improve my mood, when things appear to be going wrong, is to take a step back and get some perspective. I wrote about this in my 2017 blog Things are getting worse, right? Wrong. Here’s why.
Other happiness-related blogs include:
– Tuchman’s Law (or “Always look on the bright side?”): 9/10 (a “sleeper” blog which keeps getting hits, possibly from people interested in Barbara Tuchman)
– Transience and Fat Lama (contains a plug for my son Owen’s start-up, plus thoughts on sacred carpentry, maps, and the future of ownership); and
– Happiness and small victories (one of my longest blogs, containing rare Bonn, Kyiv and Vienna cycling pictures and little-known details of what makes me punch the air with joy).
Feel free to browse.
One reason I am interested in happiness is my novel Biotime, which focuses on links between mortality, creativity and happiness – see e.g. my February 2015 blog 7 ways to explain the meaning of life. Unfortunately Biotime‘s publication, beyond the first 25% or so, has been delayed for reasons which are hard to explain.
Finally, see this link to my blog DON’T PANIC: a communications masterclass 10/10 (October 2015) in which Swedish statistician Hans Rosling explains how in 2000 there were more children in the world than there are now; and how, by the year 2100, the world population will be stable. People keep telling me they disagree with it, but without providing counter-arguments.
It takes an hour to watch Hans Rosling’s masterpiece. It may not make you happy, but it may make you worry a bit less, or at least make you think. Sounds like time well spent to me. Do you agree?
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