I’m Happy. And That Makes Me Really Uncomfortable.

Photo by Matthias Ripp, licensed under Creative Commons.

For nearly two years, my answer to “How are you?” has ranged somewhere between “Not great,” and “Pretty awful.” On some days, it felt like an affront to be asked such a question.

Lately, though, my answer has been a simple, “Good!” — which isn’t that simple after all.

My cheerful response tends to surprise and fluster me. I feel compelled to explain…



Navigating emotions and facing life’s ups and downs is tough work.

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