As somebody who has struggled with the concept of happiness, and overcome a real rainy, low season this past year. This might be my new favourite quote, stumbled across it whilst browsing the web.

Don’t get me wrong, I think happiness is great. I live for the moments where I am smiling, chatting and laughing. But I do not think happiness is the be all and end all, at the end of the day, it is an emotion and just like the author of this quote states, we only grow through pain and sorrow.

I like the idea of focusing on wholeness, next time I feel down or upset, I can focus on the growth that develops from the fleeting feeling.

I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that—I don’t mind people being happy—but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down three things that made you happy today before you go to sleep” and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position. It’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say, “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness.” Ask yourself, “Is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is.

Hugh MacKay, author of The Good Life


The Tube Strikes 2015

From Wednesday 6.30pm till Thursday night. London tube stations were vacant after members of Transfer for London, trade union TSSA held a tube strike because they are not happy with the pay rise offered to them and they are also not happy with the conditions they will have to abide to once some of the tube services turn 24hours.

As a student and someone who has not held a work position in the professional world as of yet. I felt nothing but joy for those from the above companies. (I am saying this because my working friends belittled me for not understanding how frustrating the situation was- I personally think they were jealous).

They called the organisations greedy, comparing their current wages to their own current positions and using examples of those who are on a much lower starting pay than them, and they do have a point. But, if workers are not happy with their situation – no matter what it is. It is important that their voice is heard.

I feel like society has developed a ‘this is how it is’ attitude. The situations we are in cannot be changed, might as well suck it up and get used to it.

The fact that there are still unions out there that stand up for their workers and will do what they can to give their workers exactly what they want should be exciting and celebrated.

With the depletion of the NHS, the silence of the teachers union and other national bodies that the public depend on. It is encouraging to see the tube unions standing up for their workers and I hope that this attitude will encourage people of other professions to find a way to for their voices to be heard, not necessarily for their wages to be increased (there are probably situations where this is needed) but to better society.

I am personally not happy with the Charity Commission budget cuts that took place late last year. £31.7m to £24.4m as this will effect their ability to carry out their aims – which is laid out in the Charities Act 2011. I think if there was a large enough out roar about it, something could have been changed. Even now something can be changed if we all get together and shout about the things we are passionate about.

What are your views on the situation?


The Crunchy Rolling Life