The beautiful Miriam Sagan likes to read about happiness…
Archive for February, 2010
Linda Rand reflects on being a part of the research for Bluebird:
Since then I’ve been using it as a sort of barometer of where I’m at…or an internal compass of sorts:) when I’m lost I follow the thread of joy and end up back on my path. today my life is less frustrated and compromised. I’m an artist who makes marionettes and mixed media and have sold pieces, including commissions for about a year. I had more bartender jobs than I could keep and have whittled it down to two places. One is a retro supper club and lounge where I am surrounded by amazingly talented people. When I first walked into the place there was a ’30s hot jazz act (Midnight Serenaders), a beautiful woman in garters and a ukelele, red curtains, pendant lamps, absinthe, and I thought, “this place is for me,” and I ended up working there within the month. To this day, when I’m confused intellectually (the mind is a great tool but a terrible master some wise soul said) I find that feeling… is it happiness or something else? Is it restriction, dread… numbness? then I know whether it’s right or wrong…. at least I have a clue.
Margaret, another woman on the Bluebird counsel of experts, says:
For Bluebird, I asked women to keep happiness journals–just simple notes about the best moments in each day. We all then met and talked about our experience, and about happiness.
I’ll be talking about / reading from Bluebird in Portland and San Francisco soon…
Wednesday, March 24 – 7 pm
“What actually makes this book sing though is Ariel charming and witty writing style. She tells stories of her family and stories of her friends. Women she knows well and barely knows at all, come forward to say what works for them, what makes them happy. No two stories are alike but all have a familiar ring. Happiness is found in kissing the head of a baby and smelling in his scent, a hike in a favorite place, or an evening spent alone in a bath. Guess what happiness industry? Surprise, surprise, happiness actually doesn’t cost you anything — perhaps though, it might be worth the cost of this book.”
Has anyone read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin?
Canadian positive psychologist Paul T.P. Wong defines happiness as “the capacity to rejoice in the midst of suffering.” I like that definition. Happiness isn’t the absence of suffering. Happiness doesn’t have to be about privilege or denial.
“Your definition of happiness will depend upon who you are–” Masura Emoto writes in The Hidden Messages in Water, “but do you have a sense of peace in your heart, a feeling of security about your future, and a feeling of anticipation when you wake up in the morning? If we can call this happiness, then would you say that at this moment you are happy?”
Why bother with art? In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, and when millions have no food and water, Scott Christian wonders on Salon.com: Who gives a shit about Picasso? What’s the point of poetry?