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The one with the links to happiness

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Ha!  Is this absentmindedness?  Or dementia?  Either way it’s, er, good news.

I’ve been keeping an article from a newspaper meaning to blog about it:

A cutting from “Der Standard” of May 2017

When I sat down to write, I found my freshly-minted text curiously familiar.  I discovered that I had already written about the article in my blog Things are getting worse, right?  Wrong.  Here’s why, back in May.

My moment of forgetfulness is good news because it reminds me that I’ve written several happiness-related blogs, including:

–  How to be happy: 11 simple tools (May 2015)

– Tuchman’s Law (or “Always look on the bright side?”): 9/10 (November 2016 – a “sleeper” blog which keeps getting hits, possibly from people interested in Barbara Tuchman)

– Read this now – before you waste more of your precious life (July 2015)

– Transience and Fat Lama (July 2017 – contains a plug for my son Owen’s new start-up, plus thoughts on sacred carpentry, maps, and the future of ownership); and

– Happiness and small victories (June 2017 – 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).

Re-reading these blogs has brought me pleasure.  Feel free to browse, and enjoy.

You may wonder whether all these pieces about happiness mean that I am a) doolally; b) depressed; or c) bursting with bliss.  In fact it is to do with my novel Biotime, which focuses on 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.

In fact I’ve written so many blogs on this type of issue – plus a few on feminist issues – that I’ve had to create a new category of “Existential – and women” on my front page.

That’s enough happiness – Ed.  But before I forget, here’s a 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 number of children will be no greater than it is today and 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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  1. weinfreundin says:

    well, I am not happier after reading all those bits and bytes of how to be happy, but I had to laugh out loud when reading the word “doolally”, it looks and sounds hilarious when you never heard of it before.

    and a good laugh is not bad when it comes to happiness, isn’t it?

    another possibility might be a glass of good wine shared with a beloved person. find out more about wine here:

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  2. eva Marinter says:

    Happiness ist im deutschen nicht korrekt zu übersetzen. Glück ist das englische luck. Mein Versuch einer Erklärung: Happiness kann man erzeugen, Glück widerfährt einem. Meine Happiness ist bei heissem Sommerwetter im kalten Wasser zu schwimmen oder mit einem Freund ein Gespräch zu führen. Glück ist, wenn das kaputte Seitenfenster des Autos innerhalb eines Tages repariert werden kann.


  3. eva Marinter says:

    I like doolally, because it does not apply to the writer


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