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Tag Archive: happiness

Jul 05 2014

Depression Is Not Sadness (Again)

[Content note: mental illness, depression, anxiety, suicide] When I think about the frequent charge that therapists and psychiatrists and those who work with them are trying to “medicalize” “normal” emotions like sadness and fear, I think that people don’t really understand how emotions like sadness and fear can be distinguished from mental illnesses like depression …

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Apr 25 2014

Can You Be Happy for 100 Days in a Row?

The 100 Happy Days project.

“Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?” the website wants to know, taunting me with its cheery font and yellow color scheme. No, I can’t. “You don’t have time for this, right?” the next line asks rhetorically. I’ll answer anyway. I have time. I, despite my grad program and 3-hour commute, have …

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Jan 01 2013

Six Months

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Every New Year’s Eve, I write a post about the year that’s about to end. When I was younger, I mostly used these posts to talk about significant things that had happened to me (getting a boyfriend, losing a boyfriend, getting into this or that program or college, and so on), explain what I’d learned …

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Oct 17 2012

[guest post] The Tradeoff Between Ambition and Happiness

A fellow blogger has provided me with this guest post about the psychology of ambition and happiness. Enjoy! Imagine there’s a big project at work and you decide to come in on the weekend. The length of you stay is entirely up to you, but you’ll get paid overtime for each hour. After six hours …

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Sep 02 2012

[storytime] An Abridged List of Lies I Was Taught as a Child

Money and success will make you happy. Being beautiful is an obligation. Being fat is the worst thing that could happen to you. College will be a magical la-la land where you will finally be happy. Men don’t like strong, opinionated women. Being gay is wrong. Never ask a guy out. Never have sex with …

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Jan 17 2012

The Happiest Day of My Life

[TMI Warning] On April 3 of this past year, my older brother got married. I’d known his wife-to-be almost as long as he had–nearly two years–and she was basically part of our family by then. So to me, that day wasn’t just about the joy of one of my family members, but two. Though, actually, …

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Apr 20 2011

Learning How to be Happy

I’m going to go out on a limb and criticize something even more popular than the things I usually criticize–my school’s Happiness Club.

Nov 02 2009

"Don't Be Afraid to Give Up the Good for the Great"

[Sometimes I like to send myself emails using FutureMe. I get them a year later and instantly remember what it was like to be me a year ago.] Dear FutureMe, Yesterday it happened just like in the dream I kept having over the summer. I was motionless on the sideline, in front of a wall of …

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