Befriending our feelings – Part 2

Emotions are natural responses to the changing conditions of our lives. We put unnecessary pressure on ourselves if we feel that we ‘should’ be happy all the time.

Happiness

‘Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.’ Oscar Wilde   It is typical of Oscar Wilde that, in his witty way, he touches on a rather painful truth. There are people who simply don’t seem to have the knack of making others happy, of being pleasant company. Other people are so open-hearted […]

Happiness in a minor key

  How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false and true; But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face. (from When You Are Old, by William Butler Yeats)   To see the pilgrim soul of another person, to love […]

Being happy for others

‘O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the flesh it feeds on.’ (Iago to Othello, in Shakespeare’s Othello) Some of the most miserable times in my life have been those when I have felt jealous or resentful. These can be difficult emotions for any of us – that […]