priscillagilmanHappiness interview: Priscilla Gilman.
I've never met Priscilla Gilman in person, but I feel as if I know her, because I read her wonderful memoir, The Anti-Romantic Child: A Memoir of Unexpected Joy. It's an account of her life as a mother during the early childhood of her son Benjamin, who exhibited remarkable precocity in certain ways-which turned out to be signs of a developmental disorder, hyperlexia.
It's a unforgettable, fascinating book. I know that Priscilla has done a lot of thinking about happiness, so I was eager to hear what she had to say.
Gretchen: What's a simple activity that consistently makes you happier?
Priscilla: Meditating. The summer between college and graduate school, I took a class in Transcendental Meditation at the TM center in downtown New York City. I wasn't convinced by the videos of "yogic flying," but I did find the mantra extremely useful. I'd tried various forms of meditation before and my mind tended to wander all over the place,Read More »from If I Meditate, I Have More Steady Energy, I’m Less Irritable and Reactive