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The Happiness List by Annie Lyons

Carpe Diem

The Happiness List by Annie Lyons is a really fun contemporary novel that focuses on good friends, carpe diem and dealing with grief.

Loss consumes. “After two years, people sort of expected you to have moved on.” There is no time limit on grief. It is “my grief, my way.” We have to find a way to move into a new normal. “Grief is ongoing. It never leaves you. You’re finding a way to live around that.”

With grief, comes guilt. “Guilt… my oldest and most reliable friend… I get to live, to carry on.” Guilt can weigh us down. We need to let it go and live again. We must not be afraid to laugh and to live and to love again. It does not mean we forget our loved one, but we have to learn to live with our memories and not our guilt.

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