About

This blog belongs to Jackie J. Tolentino. It was inspired by Bertrand Russell’s concept of zest—”the appetite for possible things upon which all happiness, whether of men or animals, ultimately depends”—which he considered  to be “the most universal and distinctive mark of happy men,” and which he wrote about in The Conquest of Happiness.

This blog, then, aims to add, as its name suggests, a sprinkle of zest to everyday life. It plans to achieve this aim by allowing the author to track her interests in “possible things” and to share her zest for such things with others.

In other words, this blog is part of the author’s own pursuit of happiness. Hopefully, it will be part of yours too.

Let’s end this “About” page with some words from Russell:

A man who has once perceived, however temporarily and however briefly, what makes greatness of soul, can no longer be happy if he allows himself to be petty, self-seeking, troubled by trivial misfortunes, dreading what fate may have in store for him. The man capable of greatness of soul will open wide the windows of his mind, letting the winds blow freely upon it from every portion of the universe. He will see himself and life and the world as truly as our human limitations will permit; realising the brevity and minuteness of human life, he will realise also that in individual minds is concentrated whatever of value the known universe contains. And he will see that the man whose mind mirrors the world becomes in a sense as great as the world. In emancipation from the fears that beset the slave of circumstance he will experience a profound joy, and through all the vicissitudes of his outward life he will remain in the depths of his being a happy man.

Just be happy, folks!

One thought on “About

  1. Hi Jackie,
    My name is Mark.
    I saw your Tweet about one of my favorite articles ‘The Small Happy Life’.
    I was hearing from my readers that they wanted some more practical steps to take to encourage happiness so I went ahead and created this post: http://wp.me/p6bNAS-1P
    If you have time I’d love for you to check it out. If you like it, it would be awesome if you’d consider sharing it.
    Thanks!
    Mark Rogers

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