Why our glass is half full

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You don’t get any­where by not “wast­ing” time,’ wrote Carlo Rovelli at the start of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. He was re­fer­ring to a year Al­bert Ein­stein spent ‘loaf­ing aim­lessly’ as a youth be­fore he evolved into the world’s most quoted physi­cist, but his words are just as ap­po­site at a time of year when ir­ri­ta­ble panic so of­ten sub­merges en­joy­ment of sim­ple things.

The mood of the Ad­vent pe­riod should be one of an­tic­i­pa­tion and re­flec­tion yet, so of­ten, we for­get to find gen­uine en­joy­ment and com­fort in it as we scurry, grim-faced, to beat the Christ­mas dead­lines.

Even the most cur­sory scan of the news head­lines brings any­thing but mer­ri­ment and sea­sonal good cheer: bit­ter Brexit rows, bank­ing anx­i­ety, foot­ball scan­dals, Euro­pean elec­tion re­sults, ris­ing fuel prices, a Brussels sprout-eat­ing moth, traf­fic cones, train strikes, the Dogs Trust re­port­ing nearly 4,000 un­wanted dogs last month alone and, worst by far, the un­ceas­ing tor­ment of the Syr­i­ans.

There is good news if you search for it; there is plenty at which to stand and stare, if only we would al­low time to look. Here are 17 rea­sons to be cheer­ful this De­cem­ber. The X-fac­tor

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