By George Myerson
From the bliss of lingering in a hot mattress on a wintry weather morning, to a bracing springtime stroll by way of the seashore, a personal historical past OF HAPPINESS bargains the reader a wealth of delightfully clean perceptions of the place and the way happiness can be chanced on.
These ninety nine moments of happiness are prepared by way of topic - Morning, Friendship, backyard, kinfolk, relaxation, Nature, foods and drinks, health and wellbeing, Creativity, Love and night - and every is through a quick description and remark that units the extract in context and encourages additional reflection.
Drawing on a large and foreign variety of literary assets - from Ptolemy to Tolstoy - George Myerson unearths that small, unpretentious joys were shared through people throughout cultures and over millions of years. He invitations us to find the happiness in our personal lives that may be stumbled on right here and now.
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Connie would wheel him to the toilet, then lift him from the chair and support him as he urinated into the beaker. Each time he came back, he looked tired. " he said. I laughed. You don't forget a moment like that. "Well, I think that day is coming. " Why? "Because it's the ultimate sign of dependency. Someone wiping your bottom. But I'm working on it. " Enjoy it? "Yes. " That's a unique way of looking at it. "Well, I have to look at life uniquely now. Let's face it. I can't go shopping, I can't take care of the bank accounts, I can't take out the garbage.
Rather than come inside, they splashed around for hours. The next morning, when they awoke, Morrie hopped out of bed. "Come on," he said to his brother. " David's face was panicked. "I can't . . " He had polio. Of course, the rain did not cause this. But a child Morrie's age could not understand that. For a long time-as his brother was taken back and forth to a special medical home and was forced to wear braces on his legs, which left him limping-Morrie felt responsible. So in the mornings, he went to synagogue-by himself, because his father was not a religious man-and he stood among the swaying men in their long black coats and he asked God to take care of his dead mother and his sick brother.
Yeah, right, I say. I snicker, but the idea is momentarily appealing. Part of me is scared of leaving school. Part of me wants to go desperately. Tension of opposites. I watch Morrie as he reads my thesis, and wonder what the big world will be like out there. The Audiovisual, Part Two The "Nightline" show had done a follow-up story on Morrie partly becau°e the reception for the first show had been so strong. This time, when the cameramen and producers came through the door, they already felt like family.
A Private History of Happiness: Ninety-Nine Moments of Joy from Around the World by George Myerson