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Bonheur; the french guide to happiness

January 24, 2007
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Bonheur [boh(n)-URH]: French women know happiness is not a matter of luck; it’s what you make of your life. This word for happiness is literally “good time.”

The French way of connecting feeling with time is telling. It suggests something to be cultivated in the course of our hours and days and months and years, how we live in relation to them.

The English word happy comes from the archaic word hap which means “luck.” Interesting distinction.

Mireille Guiliano

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