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September 12, 2016 Jason No comments exist

I’ve spent the last few weeks reading The Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, an autobiography by an American lawyer who grew up in the dirt-poor Appalachian region of the United States. If you’ve ever heard of “white trash,” that’s what he is, according to him. His people are poor, vulgar-mouthed, straight-talking, violent, mean (and always…

November 14, 2013 Jason No comments exist

Cookie Monster always made cookies delectable. Just now when I took out this one digestive biscuit from the fridge, I flashed back to when I truly enjoyed eating cookies in front of the TV when Sesame Street played. That was … erm … never mind when. Who knows if those cookies were trans-fat traps but…

November 14, 2013 Jason No comments exist

It’s been a day of flashbacks. When I saw this letter in the mail, I chuckled. This took me back to my childhood days when Reader’s Digest would send out the same prize teasers to potential subscribers. I used to slip into fantasy when I saw the prize amounts. Like a good Asian, I didn’t…

September 30, 2013 Jason No comments exist

You know what Martin Seligman says about living the pleasurable, engaged or meaningful life? All three confer happiness but the latter two also provide wellbeing, which as many of us know is a higher-order, more sustainable form of happy. Sometimes, though, when engagement or meaning seem so challenging to pin down, we just need to…

August 17, 2013 Jason No comments exist

Traveling on a Sunday (today) to get to a meeting early tomorrow morning. The next time I weigh in here again might be next Friday. Meanwhile, here are some interesting insights that an auto-analytic tool, called Track Your Happiness, threw up. Apparently, I don’t suffer Monday blues, which reinforces the view that those feelings are…

August 7, 2013 Jason No comments exist

The next four days are sunshine and happiness galore! There’s no office commute (or the office) for me from August 8 through 11. Thursday, August 8, is Hari Raya Adilfitri, a public holiday in multicultural Singapore honoring the end of Ramadan, the fasting month for Muslims. The very next day, August 9, will be Singapore’s…