A Love Letter to You

Hello my dear happiness nerds, welcome back! I noticed that the less I write the more you do, so let’s try another short one today. Again, it’s a quote by a poet that really touched me. It’s the second half of the poem My Hovel by Zen master Ikkyū Sōjun. What good are old kōans […]

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A Difficult Lesson about Life

Hello my dear happiness nerds, welcome (back)! Sorry for the relatively long absence, I’ve been very busy with real-life deadlines. As this state of affairs will likely outlast this January, I’d thought I’d give you a little gem of a quote in the meantime (I’m also working on a retrospective of the 2010s in terms […]

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But Then, Life Happened

Hello my dear happiness nerds, welcome (back)! I’ve been preparing another essay for you, but then, life happened. But so did inspiration. Therefore, without further ado, another poem for all you lovely people. A Scene along the Way Karen and I were coming home from dinner, In our street there was a guy weeping. I […]

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Exactly Where You Need to Be

Hello my dear happiness nerds, welcome (back)! Today is World Mental Health Day and for this day I prepared something special (the WHO has, too). Let’s see how you’ll like it, it’s a first on The Happiness Nerd, and I’m a bit nervous (spoiler alert: it’s personal). We’ll get to it in a second, but […]

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At the Love Buffet

Hello my dear happiness nerds, welcome (back)! A few weeks ago, I started a mini-series on love, because it’s one of the most fundamental keys, if not the most fundamental key to a happy life. In the last post, I started discussing who and what to love, and I outlined a general principle to increase […]

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So Much Love, So Little Time

Hello my dear happiness nerds, welcome (back)! Recently, I started a mini-series on love by scrutinizing two lines from a Beatles song that most people would probably just accept as true “It’s easy. All yFou need is love.” While these eight words might already be a good enough guiding principle towards a happier life, I […]

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