Cultivating Contentment
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“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

– Dalai Lama


“She seems in a happier mood – for the moment.”

“She got the flowers,” I said. “We should be safe for at least a week.”

My boss had received a lovely bouquet of flowers for her birthday. Most intriguing was the card signed: Your Secret Admirer. At the time, my boss was not a happy person. She was generally sullen and often abrupt in her dealings with co-workers. Admittedly, this was years ago, when women were first entering management roles and everyone was finding the transition difficult. I was one of only two males in the department and, whether legitimate or not, we always felt a little discriminated against. We were both therefore grateful for the a...

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