I met Will Schwalbe a few years ago at a big conference called SXSW. We share an intense passion for reading and writing, and when I heard he'd written a book, The End of Your Life Book Club, I couldn't wait to read it. It's about the books that he and his mother read together during the last two years of her life.
A book like Will's raises many questions about happiness, so I was eager to interview him about his thoughts on the subject.
Gretchen: What's a simple activity that consistently makes you happier?
Will: Reading books makes me happier. Having coffee on Sunday morning with my partner and watching CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood makes me happier. Having a nap makes me happier.
What's something you know now about happiness that you didn't know when you were 18 years old?
It's something I learned from Stumbling on Happiness, a wonderful book by Daniel Gilbert, and it's this: Experiences make me happier thanRead More »from When I’m Blue, a Depressing Book Reminds Just How Good I’ve Really Got It