And it’s making us miserable.

I’m at the gynecologist for my Pap smear, feet in stirrups, idly wondering what Emily Post might have suggested as appropriate small talk for those moments when the person you are speaking to will be replying to your vagina. We’ve been living in America for a few months now, having moved here from London for my husband’s job.

I needn’t have worried — the doctor is doing all the talking. Delving deep with her speculum, she delves deeper into matters of the heart. Apparently, she is reading Gretchen Rubin’s best-seller Happier at Home and finding it very instructive. I’ve read…

Ruth Whippman

Journo, Author: America the Anxious, How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks(St Martins)UK title:The Pursuit of Happiness (Penguin)

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