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“I Was Trying To Feel Some Kind of a Good-Bye.”

“What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. …


Pigeon of Discontent: News of the World Makes Me Unhappy.

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by those small but pesky Pigeons of Discontent. This week’s Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: “Bad news of the world makes me unhappy.”   If you want …


Have You Ever Known that You Were Happy Without Feeling Happy?

Reading about J. K. Rowling’s new book The Casual Vacancy put me in the mood to re-read—for probably the eighth time—Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Oh, how I love to re-read. I enjoyed re-reading it tremendously, and I was particularly struck by a passage that I’d never noticed before. When, after much pride and prejudice, Darcy and Elizabeth agree to …


“Be Emotionally Self-Sufficient So You Can Draw Closer to Other People.”

Further Secrets of Adulthood: This reminds me of a line from Bob Dylan’s haunting memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, where he write, about his wife: “The one thing about her that I always loved was that she was never one of those people who thinks that someone else is the answer to their happiness. Me or anybody else. She’s always had …


“Get Outside of the House. Literally Get Out and Smell the Roses.”

Interview: Anne Kreamer. I met Anne Kreamer because I was a big fan of her book, Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters. Not dying her hair any more was a sort of happiness-project for Anne, so that really caught my attention. We soon discovered that we’d both grown up …