“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar Over the last year I have written a lot less about happiness and well-being. My obsession with happiness stemmed from a belief that I could learn some snappy techniques and methods and miraculously never feel negative again. It ends up that the hedonic-treadmill is more difficult to get off than you would think! I had to accept that happiness in not always an option, and frankly, by striving to always be happy, we

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“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

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