Reason #32 to Keep Living: Being an Artist, Being a Woman

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I have recently embarked on the journey of being a prose reader for a literary magazine that focuses on the stories and sufferings of abused women. I at first thought (to my genuine embarrassment) that this was a paid position. On learning that it was not, and that in fact no one working for this magazine is paid, I was at first upset, and then angry, and then grateful. Continue reading

Sometimes, the internet is a beautiful place

Today my article, “When You’re Able to Work With a Mental Illness, but Still Live Below the Poverty Line,” was published on The Mighty. I was going to republish it here until I realized The Mighty‘s copyright wouldn’t allow me to do so. Whoops! I will keep that in mind for next time.

On an offhand but related note, the internet, though horrible at times, can truly be a beautiful place. Sites like The Mighty, with its immense group of contributors and readers, continually show me how important it is to share stories about sickness and suffering. The internet has provided a platform upon which we can do this. I am so proud to be connected to so many strong, talented individuals, no matter how virtual the connection may be.

Keep sharing, keep growing, and, if you must keep suffering, keep healing as well.

Money Can Buy Happiness?

The link provided below is one of the most wonderful things I have read in a long time. This man’s decision to lower his own income in order to provide many of his employees with a raise came from reading a study on how income affects happiness. It was found that individuals with higher incomes do not differ in their ability to have good emotional health (for example, earning $200,000 a year as opposed to $100,000 a year does not give one greater happiness), but individuals with lower incomes appear much less likely to achieve good emotional health. The break between bad and good emotional health was found to be a yearly income of $75,000 (in the United States). Continue reading