how to be perfectly unhappy

How to Be Perfectly Unhappy by The Oatmeal (Matthew Inman)

Inman is an artist I love to seek out (not that I'm not already obsessively watching for any new content he provides, anyway) particularly when I'm feeling frustrated or overwhelmed by life. This isn't necessarily because he magically makes me feel better (though that is frequently the byproduct however unintentional) but because he understands and validates the complicated and nuanced emotions I experience.

How to Be Perfectly Unhappy is the best example of this I've seen thus far. He articulates something I've only recently only begun to consider; something that should be more readily apparent and accepted in our lives: happiness or unhappiness isn't really a thing. There's this belief out there in the world that if you're not one, then you're the other. That there can't be any gray area or even just a rejection of either concept. 

See? I'm butchering it. I can't come close to Inman's elegance and depth. 

Inman shares the things that make his life better and helps him experience a state that is neither happy nor unhappy but simply richer and deeper. 

The Oatmeal has two new books out, actually, this one (provided to me by Andrews McMeel) which comes out on Halloween, and If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle-Aged Men, which I hadn't the need to request from the publisher because I've read it over and over on his website, but which I'll probably buy anyway for the sheer beauty of it (and just in case there's more in the book!)