Tagged with Bertrand Russell

Happiness as Possibility

A few weeks ago, I told my students about a prayer that Fr. Ferriols once said in class: “Panginoon: Posibilidad, posibilidad, posibilidad. Amen.” A few days later, after I mentioned Fr. Ferriols’s prayer in class, a former student—who is now my colleague and who has been sitting in my classes (I feel so old!)—lent me a copy … Continue reading

What do comedy, flow, and zest have in common?

Productivity. Yep, you read that right: Productivity. It’s what comedy, flow, and zest have in common. See, a few weeks ago, I got to read Adam Dachis’s contribution to Lifehacker’s “What We Use” series. In it, he identified comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret—as software developer Brad Isaac had revealed it—as one of the tips and … Continue reading

Late New Year’s Resolutions

There are two obstacles in my pursuit of happiness: alcohol and cigarettes. Let’s begin with my relationship with alcohol first. I started drinking young. See, my dad believed, and still believes, that one needs to know how to hold one’s drink, so he taught me how to drink when I was eighteen. Okay, fine, my … Continue reading

Happiness is a Choice

My life has been incredible lately. Not so much because incredible things have been happening to me, but because I’ve changed my attitude towards life. My change in attitude can be summed up in a sentence: Happiness is a choice. It’s difficult to look back and locate where and when the change began. All I … Continue reading