The Mirage of Happiness

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I think we all share a common goal in life – whether you want to be a painter, or a football player, or just really, filthy rich – we all want to be happy. The problem is, as a species we are inclined to attach that happiness to certain desires.

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Poetry – Snow

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Here in Ireland, we have just had the heaviest snowfall in decades. For many of us, myself included, it was more snow than we had ever seen in our entire lives. It literally froze our country to a standstill. Being confined indoors for the past few days gave me a lot of time to think; more precisely, to think about snow. Snow has always awakened the child in me, as I’m sure it does many others.

I wrote down my thoughts on snow, and decided they would look better in a poem than a standard blog post. As usual, my anxiety has been telling me not to post this, “people will hate it”, “you’re terrible”, yadda yadda. But you’ll never know unless you try and you’ll also never improve. I’m trying out something new here, but I am a fan of poetry so if there’s an interest, I may post more here in the future, or I may set up a separate blog for that sort of thing. Let me know what you think.

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Dealing with death as an atheist

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My friend recently learned that her grandmother has died due to lung cancer, so this post is for her.

Two years ago, in March, my grandfather passed away. He was a lifelong smoker, and it caught up to him. Lung cancer. It all happened in an exceedingly short space of time. Into the hospital for a simple check, diagnosed with lung cancer, dead a few days later.

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Real Bodies: A look inside what it means to be human

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A few weeks ago (after putting it off repeatedly), my girlfriend and I attended Real Bodies in the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin. For anyone who doesn’t know, Real Bodies is an exhibition of real human bodies opened up, showcasing what’s inside each and every one of us, and how we all work.

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21 Misconceptions about depression

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Two days ago, Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, committed suicide. He killed himself by hanging. Chester was just 41 years old. I was a huge fan of Linkin Park when I was younger. My brother and I would listen to their album all the time, on our tiny MP3 players.

One of the reasons I set up this blog was to write about mental health and my own experiences with depression, anxiety, etc. I hadn’t planned on writing a post about depression so soon, but then the news of Chester’s death broke, and after reading that a guitarist from Korn called Chester “a coward”, I felt the need to write this. Here are some common misconceptions about depression.

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