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If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is

And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is – Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut, the American literary icon of counter culture, gives a tribute to his uncle Alex in this lecture. The lesson here is to not only notice when we are happy but to embrace it.

In an age where we are stressed, consumed by current events and continually striving to become the best we can be, is any message more important? Not to labour the over played message of life being short but it can also be tough. Then we make it tougher and forget to appreciate the simple things.

So the next time your nostrils fill with the smell of freshly cooked bread, your face feels a blast of cool fresh air or you get the chance to stay in bed with a cup of coffee as rain pelts down on roof, tell yourself “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”