"One evening, as I took a red and gold dish of bulgur wheat, beetroot and roast squash out of the oven for the family, I was happy and that's why I wrote this book."
That's George Myerson, author of A Private History Of Happiness: Ninety-Nine Moments of Joy from Around the World, and I must say that I love the idea of his book:
"[This] is a moving and compelling anthology of quiet yet powerful moments of everyday joy, drawn not from grand literary works, but from private letters, journals and poems. From the bliss of lingering in a warm bed on a winter morning, to a bracing springtime walk by the seaside [or a moment in an orchard], it offers the reader a wealth of delightfully fresh perceptions of where and how happiness may be found.
Arranged by themes such as Friendship, Nature, Creativity and Morning, these 99 moments of bliss are followed by a brief commentary that sets the extract in context and encourages further reflection. Drawing on a wide and international range of literary sources, from Ptolemy to Blake, from Tolstoy to Mary Berry*, George Myerson reveals that small, unpretentious joys have been shared by human beings across cultures and over thousands of years. In A Private History of Happiness, he invites us to discover the happiness in our own lives that can be found in the here and now."