Meik Wiking with Viv Groskop at the Reading Room in Wellcome Collection, where the episode was recorded
Meik Wiking with Viv Groskop at the Reading Room in Wellcome Collection, where the episode was recorded

Waving, Not Drowning

Dear Viv: How can I be happy? With Meik Wiking

In this week's episode, happiness expert Meik Wiking joins Viv to answer a question about how to get out of a 'woe is me' rut

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By Viv Groskop on

Dear Viv,

At the risk of sounding completely ungrateful and the epitome of ‘first world problems’, I need some advice on getting out of my ‘woe is me’ rut.

I have so much to be grateful for, a nice place to live, a nice boyfriend, a cool job, reasonably decent health…but all I can ever focus on is the negative.

I obsess about whether I’m more successful than my friends, (I was a high achiever at school), I torment myself about not being as thin as I was when I was 17 and instead of being happy for my friends that are getting married all I can focus on is the fact that I’m not engaged and that THEIR weddings are eating up MY holiday time.

I know all of these thoughts are unreasonable and the only person that can change them is me…but I simply can’t stop myself feeling this way. Some days are better than others and there are times when I can rationalise myself out of it…but quite frankly it’s exhausting and I know I’d be able to achieve so much more and ENJOY so much more that I have going for me if I wasn’t weighed down by all this negativity.

Please help, life is too short to feel like this and I want to be able to appreciate what I have.

You can hear Viv and Meik's answer to this on Viv’s podcast, Waving, Not Drowning, above.

Meik Wiking's book The Little Book of Lykke is out this week, published by Penguin.

Viv and Meik's conversation about the art of happiness will be available to watch on the-pool.com very soon.

Got a question for Viv? Email her at DearViv@thepoolltd.com. The Dear Viv podcast airs fortnightly on The Pool at 5pm on Tuesdays. All letters will be edited for length. Unfortunately Viv cannot reply to your emails personally. 

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Meik Wiking with Viv Groskop at the Reading Room in Wellcome Collection, where the episode was recorded
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