Is happiness just a fleeting high?

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“Never underestimate the human capacity for delusion” – Roger Cohen

The renowned filmmaker, Woody Allen, once said, “I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. That’s the two categories. The horrible are like, I don’t know, terminal cases, you know, and blind people, crippled. I don’t know how they get through life. It’s amazing to me. And the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you’re miserable, because that’s very lucky, to be miserable.”

Life is undoubtedly plagued with misery, but I question why most humans seem to crave it nonetheless. Is it because life’s happiness outweighs its anguish? I don’t think so. I think it’s because we delude ourselves into believing that life is worth it. Continue reading

Distract yourself out of depression

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“I can’t eat and I can’t sleep. I’m not doing well in terms of being a functional human, you know?” – Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

In life, distractions often lead us to procrastinating on completing tasks that need to get done. They dangle in front of us like bait, tantalizing our minds until we give in to the temptation. It’s clear that distractions can take a toll on our productivity, leaving us scrambling to complete things at the last minute. Yet, many fail to realize that when used in the correct context, distraction can be an immensely powerful tool. Cultivating the ability to temporarily divert our often over-active minds can serve as a strong, and healthy, coping mechanism. It can act as a gateway to better managing our mental health. Continue reading

Weathering the shitty times in life

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“When you stop thinking about yourself all the time, a certain sense of repose overtakes you” – Leonard Cohen

When life is going well, our eyes look past the happy people around us. We’re too caught up in our own contentment to notice them. But when life becomes shitty, and our anxiety and depression come barreling in, we can’t help but notice anyone with even the slightest semblance of a smile. They pop out at us like the giant eye sores that they are. The couple whispering to each other, hand-in-hand. The group of friends laughing uproariously. The family having a jovial conversation at the Thai restaurant down the street. Every damn person on social media. Those happy people suck, don’t they? Continue reading

Quit, God Damn It

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“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day” – Robert Frost

People keep telling me that weathering shit in life will make me a stronger person. That getting dragged through the mud will eventually toughen me up. It’s a cliche as old as time, long before Kelly Clarkson sang it. But I’m not sure that the theory holds true. Continue reading