Friday, September 16, 2011

Kelly Corrigan, on HAPPINESS

I just ran across this You Tube video of author Kelly Corringan speaking to the eighth grade class at Hamlin School.

Kelly's book, The Middle Place, captured my heart a few years ago. I haven't read her latest work, Lift, yet, but it's on my list.

As I watched Kelly address these eighth grade girls, I thought, "I wish someone had spoken to me that way when I was their age."

The Kelly Corrigan three-part formula for happiness:

1. Make yourself useful
2. ... doing something hard
3. ... with good people.

I love her words about choosing good people to be with, and how hard it is to "find your people."

She also talks about FLOW... how creative, productive people always have a project going that's challenging. And how all of this relates to happiness.

Good stuff.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Emma Connolly said...

thank you Susan! I'm forward this to all the WriteMemphis tutors! We are focusing on the 8th grade at Kipp.

Stacy S. Jensen said...

Corrigan is great! Enjoyed her speech.

Denise said...

I bought LIFT for a Mother's Day gift & read it first. It's wonderful. It's personal, captivating & moving. It will move you to tears. I was glad that the title & cover compelled me to investigate.

Belgie said...

Kelly Corrigan paints a wonderful portrait of life growing up in the Philly suburbs and being an "adult" living in the Bay Area...when confronted with breast cancer, and her dad's cancer. Her writing touches on universal truths, even if you haven't had breast cancer or been involved with this battle, the story will touch & inspire you.