Magazine article In These Times

The Bluebird of Female Happiness

Magazine article In These Times

The Bluebird of Female Happiness

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In Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness, (Farar, Straus and Giroux), Ariel Gore takes the reader on "an adventure into the feminine history, science and experience of happiness."

A child of the 1970s in California, I was constantly told "you create your own reality." But I lived in a house I did not design, breathed air I did not pollute, went to public schools I did not vote to underfund ... I did not create my own reality. "Ah, but that's because you hadn't yet taken responsibility for your own life," the New Agers would insist ... I understand their point: that which we water grows. ...You create your own reality, they said. It's an idea that can be potent and empowering: If I can dream it, I can make it happen. But the belief has a dark side, too. ... I'm wary of its pushers. When 1 percent of the population controls some 96 percent of our resources, it's probably in their best interest to convince the rest of us to close our eyes, relax and trust the universe. …

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