Why I turned into an optimist after my mother’s sudden death

Adarsh Soni

3 min read

Grief is complicated and challenging, but it can also teach you a couple of valuable life lessons—only if you allow it.

“Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.” I never thought that one of my favourite Virginia Woolf quotes would hold any real relevance in my life; but as I navigate through the months following my mother’s passing, I realise that it makes more sense than ever. According to a study by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, happy people have a higher chance of living past 85 than their non-happy counterparts. My mother was always visibly happy and full of life. She loved her teaching job and her enviable collection of sarees. Then why did she not outlive the rest of her family?

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