Tag Archives: happiness

Happiness is not the opposite of depression:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I am not happy. I don’t know if I was born unhappy or it came about as a result of growing up in an alcoholic family where you just never knew what was about to happen … Continue reading

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It just takes practice:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I am so sick of the hypocrisy! Every New Year’s Eve, I listen to people babble incoherently about all the great resolutions they are starting “tomorrow.” Tomorrow comes and some of them manage to actually make … Continue reading

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The depression of success:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I am a 38 years old and have it all. Good job, good husband, great kids, enough money, and a dog. We have a nice house in a nice suburb of a nice city. Things were … Continue reading

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Nice vs. Kind splainin:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I read your recent blog on the difference between “nice” and “kind.” I wonder if you could explain this further. It seems like there’s an important point here and I would like to make sure I … Continue reading

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To be significant one must first embrace their insignificance:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I read the book, The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, and one scene in particular sticks in my mind. Two men are flying in a plane high over the earth, looking down and musing that … Continue reading

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Should I apply for disability?

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I am 62 and unemployed and I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to find a full time job at this point. When I was younger, I was a financial controller and made … Continue reading

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Unhappiness after doing the right thing!

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I’ve been reading these comments on “Tree”, the guy who wanted to find meaning in his life after years of being the silently suffering dutiful husband. I feel for him. I can see myself there. I … Continue reading

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I was a condom failure

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I am one of 4 children in our family. My sister and I have middle child syndrome. We feel that my parents favor the first and last born; my sister and I could disappear and it … Continue reading

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Happy with my sperm donor

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I’ve been married to Joe for about 30 years now. During the first 20 years of our marriage, I went from being totally in love, to being suspicious, to being upset. I discovered that behind his … Continue reading

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His pain is my pain:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My husband was injured at work and since has been unable to work. He now sufferers constant pain. Medications help a bit, but also leave him listless. This has been going on for what seems like … Continue reading

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