Years ago I was reading a book by Winston Churchill's chauffeur. Winston commented as they were driving through London after a bombing that he knew they would win the war. Why? He observed an 80 year old lady out in the streets shaking her fist at the skies, sweeping up debris with a broom...defiant and grateful to be alive.
A severely disabled patient remarked, " My happiest moment is a kind of perverse one. It was the day that I came home from the hospital, after my accident. I felt defiant. I said, 'Ha! I'm still alive! I beat you!' I don't know who exactly I beat. But I felt grateful that I was home. It was a little thing but being home from the hospital after four months was so good." (p. 94)
Thanks to Sonya Lyubomirsky and The How of Happiness
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Myth #3: You Are Either Happy Or You’re Not (Part 3)
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