Illogical Ways To Be Happy.

Life throws curve balls. The trick is to throw them back.

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If you have, say, a 5:1 ratio of pleasant memories to stupid ones, you’re already happy. Reverse that order and you’re probably a terrorist.

Despite all these memories, though, it seems we can separate them out. Psychologist, John Gottman, now grades them by intensity, each falling into one of four categories: positive, negative, neutral and really stupid.

A raging fire out in Kamloops is a terrible thing, but forest fires happen. It’s often a freak of nature . As my uncle explained, “Life is full of curve balls.”

Obviously, forest fires are no laughing matter. To my uncle, though, you had to put tragedy into context. A raging fire out in Kamloops is a terrible thing, but forest fires happen. It’s often a freak of nature . As my uncle explained, “Life is full of curve balls.”

If using a non-political rock star got votes, Regan was thrilled although slightly confused. When he met Springsteen at the White House, he expected him to be taller.

Former president, Ronald Reagan, used Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days” during his last election. He had to be told who Bruce Springsteen was, but so what? People liked glory and they liked Springsteen. If using a non-political rock star got votes, Regan was thrilled although slightly confused. When he met Springsteen at the White House, he expected him to be taller.

We don’t even mind being called weird. Some of the weirdest people are remarkably content.

Being illogical doesn’t necessarily make us happy, but it does free us, which in turn affects our dopamine levels. By “freeing” I mean we feel some contentment wandering from accepted paths. We don’t even mind being called weird. Some of the weirdest people are remarkably content.

Now, we expect a certain amount of shooting with military coups, since it’s more or less predicated on shooting — or at least threatening to shoot.

In some countries, there’s what’s known as celebratory gunfire. This occurs during festivities like New Year’s or military coups. Now, we expect a certain amount of shooting with military coups, since it’s more or less predicated on shooting — or at least threatening to shoot.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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