Chapter 7

Well-Being and Happiness

I was talking with Margaret, a middle-aged woman who worked in the local primary school. She said to me: “I just want to feel happy. I used to be a happy go lucky kind of person but don't seem to be able to feel like that anymore.” I asked her what she meant by happy. What would need to change in her life for her to feel happy. Her only response was a shrug of her shoulders.

Do I need to define happiness? I know this sounds odd, but we all have an intuitive understanding of what we mean by the word. It is a much-used word, describing a state of positive emotions – it is a good place to be. I am sure you know about the emoticon “smiley”, three characters “:-)” that millions of us put in our texts or emails to ...

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