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Be the Reason Someone Smiles

I apologize for not writing recently. I’ve been struggling with happiness, no less. Well, I should put some clarity on that: I’ve been confronting other emotional baggage that has affected my happiness. Stress, sleeplessness, and unhappiness have initiated a bitter battle of cause and effect.
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Posted by on September 2, 2013 in Happiness, Lifestyle

 

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The American Dream: Happiness ‘n Stuff

We live in a society in which we’re judged based on our stuff. Your clothes. The finest jewelry. That extra inch on your big-screen TV, because 51 inches is just inadequate. The sweet ride parked in your garage, all blinged out, from hood ornament to rims. A sprawling house on a palatial estate. A summer cottage in the woods.
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Happiness, Lifestyle

 

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The Unhappiness Rut

I feel as if I must explain. My previous post sent shockwaves across my audience, “Oooh, did you hear? Cory is depressed.” That’s not the case. I’m sure I suffer from a certain amount of depression — I won’t deny it — but this isn’t about a clinical diagnosis and how I can cure chronic sadness with a drug. Depression is a very real and serious mental illness, and I lack the academic authority on such a matter. Unhappiness and depression are not interchangeable terms and cannot be treated as synonymous (certainly, depression can be an element standing in the way of one’s search for happiness).
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Posted by on July 7, 2013 in Happiness, Lifestyle

 

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No More Hiding Under the Bed

I recently had an opportunity to reconnect with a friend from my college years. During one of our conversations, she explained the beauty in my ability to forgive my father, which got me thinking.
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Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Family, Lifestyle

 

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Smashed

I haven’t blogged in awhile. As much as writing is my joy and therapeutic outlet, it has a tendency to occasionally burn me out, spurring periodic breaks lest my passion also become a dull, monotonous chore. Taking a short leave of absence enabled me to catch up on my movie watching, particularly a new release titled Smashed.
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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Family, Lifestyle

 

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Why I Drink

I drink, not to prove a point. But I occasionally get asked how it is that I can bear to drink alcohol considering all the pain and suffering it has brought to my life.
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Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Lifestyle

 

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Thursday Night Was Must-See Drama

Thursdays were never met with much anticipation in our home. Thursdays meant paydays, and paydays meant dad had money to waste getting wasted at the bars. Meanwhile, my hardworking mother was suffering through another 12-hour night shift so my sister and I could enjoy humble activities like eating and continuing our education. And so my sister and I would walk home from school, fingers crossed that dad would be inside the house when we arrived.
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Posted by on December 23, 2012 in Family, Lifestyle

 

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