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After all these years, I still often look back and wonder why it took me so long to realise that something wasn't right. I
When I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 17 it was a testing time. I was pretty much in denial and an array of emotions came over me, yeah I knew something was wrong, but I never thought it would be cancer.
As the Happyologist®, the most common question I get asked is, "Are you always happy?". To this, I confidently respond, "No, I'm human." It took me years to fully understand this question and to respond to it confidently. Why? Because I, just like the rest of society, had totally misunderstood what happiness is.
As I told my audience that my least favourite book as a child was a Roald Dahl book, I literally heard a couple of children gasp as they couldn't believe what I had just said. But then I elaborated, and I saw two hundred pairs of eyes looking at me intently as they listened to every word.
There's the sense of a major movement currently under way, a reassertion and realignment of feminism that is inclusive and serious about tackling economic inequality, job insecurity, reproductive rights, immigrant rights, violence against women, and many other issues.
@Mark Osborne Anyone who's ever dreamed of writing a novel knows that the ultimate goal is not really getting an agent, or
Abrahams died in his adopted country of Jamaica.
As we look forward to another brand new year, here's an idea I had while listening to some experts talk about how to get promotions in conventional workplaces. If, as I've suggested in some of these posts, you might think of your freelance or creative work as within the framework of a sort of imaginary office, why not give yourself a promotion every now and then?
In truth, there were lines we weren't allowed to cross, not so much because The Star had any particular moral compass or even because the powers-that-be were afraid of getting sued. It was more a matter of sales: there were certain stories people simply didn't want to read.
The Times newspaper was for many years also known as "The Thunderer" but for the last 50 years it has supplied a gentler