Saturday, August 14, 2021

Can Reading Make You Happier?

“Crime does pay – at least on the page. And writing is a lot safer than holding up your local service station, especially during a pandemic.”

Serenity is the state of mind of one who has entrusted God, once and for all, with everything,
— Don Colacho

Can Reading Make You Happier?

The New Yorker – Can Reading Make You Happier? By Ceridwen Dovey – June 9, 2015: “For all avid readers who have been self-medicating with great books their entire lives, it comes as no surprise that reading books can be good for you. Several years ago, I was given as a gift a remote session with a bibliotherapist at the London headquarters of the School of Life, which offers innovative courses to help people deal with the daily emotional challenges of existence. I have to admit that at first I didn’t really like the idea of being given a reading “prescription.” But the session was a gift, and I found myself unexpectedly enjoying the initial questionnaire about my reading habits that the bibliotherapist…”

Morning News: A Remarkable Number Of Artists Have Been Simulated Singing Flo Rida's "Low" (Retitled "Apple Bottom Jeans”


You are not lazy. You are not undisciplined. 

You are not irresponsible. You are not suffering from mysterious ‘Just Can’t Do It’-itis. 

You are experiencing internal resistance. And internal resistance is not a flaw, nor is it all powerful. It is a facet of human creativity and growth, and it can be managed. But we have to start by recognising it for what it is.

Why The Icelandic Sagas Remain So Readable After All These Centuries

It's not just that they came from a culture more like ours than most medieval societies (no hereditary aristocracy, a genuine parliament). It's that, "from a modern perspective, this literary universe combines the best of epic poetry with the best of soap opera." - Literary Hub

Nytimes Health: Abebech Gobena, The Mother Teresa Of Africa, Dies At 85

BY ALBERT ELLIS : How To Control Your Anxiety Before It Controls You.This book is also good if you or someone you know suffers from anxiety. Ellis uses rational emotive techniques that use an “action-oriented approach to managing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disturbances.” I attended a lecture and workshop at the Albert Ellis institute a few years ago and it was excellent. Interestingly, one of the lecturers leaned over and whispered to me “Didn’t I see you on Fox News?” He seemed impressed. Though I got a good laugh that he felt he couldn’t say it out loud.