I’ve moved my website and blog to ruthwhippman.com and will no longer be posting here at calmdowndear. I hope you will come and join me over in my new home and sign up for email updates over there. Thanks!
Ruth Whippman’s STAR SPANGLED HAPPY: Or How America’s Relentless Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks, the humorous pilgrimage of a cynical UK transplant who when she moves to the States with her family and encounters a country making itself crazy in its pursuit of contentment, decides to put herself through the paces of the multi-billion dollar American happiness machine; she attends cultish-sounding personal development courses, reads Eckhart Tolle, visits the rafters of Christianity’s mega-churches, explores the lengths to which American parents go to make their children happy, and in the end unveils a startlingly straightforward, rigorously researched, and universal answer to our relentless pursuit that requires no hot yoga and comes absolutely free of charge, to Jennifer Weis at St. Martin’s, in a pre-empt, by Steve Ross at Abrams Artists Agency (NA).
To read the original New York Times article on which the book was based, click below
Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Beyonce want to ban the word ‘bossy‘, saying that it is used to undermine girls and women and discourage them from taking on leadership roles. Instead we should use the word ‘leader.’ But bossy isn’t the only word used to subtly keep women down. Here are some other examples of words which are almost exclusively used to describe women.
This is a link to an interview I did for Canadian Radio for their Tapestry programme about anxiety. It expands on the subject of the book I’m working on: that the relentless search for happiness in America is creating a nation of nervous wrecks. Have a listen. I’m on at about 35 30.
“Guilt is an heirloom emotion, like a moth ridden quilt that no one can quite bring themselves to throw out”
This week I’ve been writing about ‘Guilt’ in the New York Times, and my extraordinary capacity for it. I’d love it if you would check it out, and ideally leave me a comment on the site, Facebook share or tweet it. Thank you so much.
Over the last decade or so, major corporations are starting to function and behave more and more like religious cults in the way they treat their employees, demanding extravagant displays of devotion and ever more subsuming commitment. Yet at the same time, the American worker has not been more disempowered since the second world war. This week, in the light of the Walmart strikes I have been writing about the phenomenon for the Huff Po. I would love it if you would click on the link, have a look and ideally leave me a comment over there on the site, Facebook like it or tweet it. Thank you so much!