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Nov 29 2013

Definition no. 9

Definition No. 9 Happiness is a book.   The one I decided to write myself for the simple reason that it's been years since I last found one book that would keep me passionate about it for longer than the first 100 pages. Either because the books were of short format or because my enthusiasm got lost somewhere in translation. And I am sure this one will keep me interested to the end, simply because  it's me the one writing it. Of course it will have good pages and great pages, of course I...

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Nov 23 2013

Definition no. 8

Definition No. 8 Happiness is a stench. At 4am in the morning when I woke up, I put on some clothes, still half asleep and not exactly knowing what I would  be doing in the next following minutes. The old man had knocked discreetly at the window of the guest house. I had promised the night before that I would help him do the yard chores. I was now standing in front of the fence separating the main house from the garden of the main house, wearing an old sweater, 3 sizes...

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Nov 22 2013

Definition no. 7

Definition No. 7 Happiness is a selfish Friday morning.   It starts after you left your kids in school, after you walked the dog, after you cleaned the mess in the house, after you sipped the last drop of cold coffee, after you kissed your husband good-bye and you grabbed the car keys in one hand and your bag in the other one. It's when you start the engine of the car and smile at the perspectives that the selfish Friday morning is instated. A cup of tea in the Stone Manor Tea Room and...

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Nov 21 2013

Definition no. 6

Definition No. 6 Happiness is a spinach soup. The one I happened to come across totally by hazard in the new sandwich shop that opened exactly 3 months ago on a lateral street, close to my office. The office I eagerly leave to go on lunch break. And while I am busy promising myself I would never ever get back inside the building again, I head wherever my steps lead me until I find a suitable pit stop to recharge my batteries and drop the ballast of a first half of an excruciating working...

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Nov 21 2013

Definition no. 5

Definition No. 5 Happiness is a pair of new gloves.   Early in the morning, giggling, he peeps outside the window and jumps up with excitement as he'll go to school on the first snowy day. He has been waiting for this moment for weeks now, since the hour changed. He has been crossing squares on the calender praying every evening for snow, so that mom would finally decide it's time to put on the new jacket, gloves and matching hat. He rests his cheeks in his clumsily warm dressed palms and starts dreaming of...

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Nov 20 2013

Definition no. 4

Definition No. 4 Happiness is a pop-cake-pop. The one you place in the center of your table decoration after having crafted it for minutes in a row. From the concept to the table, from the barbecue sticks to the choice of icing. From the gentle handling of the candy to the mess left behind in the fever of the baking workshop. From licking the fingers to eating half of the sparkling adornment. From the first failed attempt to the scissors adjusting the generously grown cakes, to the starry form of the final result. From the chocolate frosting...

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Nov 20 2013

Definition no. 3

Definition No. 3 Happiness is a work of art. Of a young talent to be, loftily presented to his audience in the deep darkness of a cloudy winter after-noon, when proud and fully aware of his achievement, he would clear his throat solemnly and would accompany the revealing of his chef d'oeuvre with pictured lines on a piece of blue paper. He would be reciting them standing straight, eyes glittering with emotion. Pinning you to your chair, he would chant his love on an even tone, careful not to miss a word, not to swap sentences. His small white pearly teeth...

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Nov 19 2013

Definition no. 2

Definition No. 2 Happiness is a yellow maple leaf. The one I have cautiously preserved between the pages of my favorite book. I had grasped it myself in the park while I was walking on a warm autumn Sunday. The kids were fooling around, the dog was running wild, I was strolling hand in hand with my man. I was listening to him missing us the time he was away. I was absorbing every word he was saying and selfishly rejoice of him being home. This very yellow maple leaf, the one I cautiously preserve between the...

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Sep 18 2013

Definition no. 1

Happiness is a hole. Happiness is a hole in all my children’s clothes, whether freshly purchased or old and ragged. It is generally situated on the sleeves or legs of the trousers; however it has been less frequently observed in shoes. You can perceive it on the covers of the sofa as well, close to the edges. This particular hole has a diameter of about 0.1cm and is accompanied by irregular shredding of the tissue. It is generally generated in the morning or early evenings when all the members of the family gather together. It...

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