And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is’.
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man without a Country
Where are you right now as you read these words? You may be in a bookshop or a library – skim-reading before you decide whether to buy or borrow; you may be balancing the book while on the bus or train trying to shut out the noise of the commuters all around you; you may be at home curled up on the sofa or propped up in bed before you go to sleep; you may even be lying on a beach or on a sunbed next to the pool.
Wherever you are right now, you are a fortunate person: you have had an education that enables you to read these words; the curiosity that has ...