“The Happiness Switch” – featured with an author interview

the-happiness-switch-1My book, “The Happiness Switch“, has been featured on a very interesting blog:

“A blog about creativity,designs, books, music and poetry. An experiment with spirituality through the shadows of my mind…”

Shashi, the writer of the blog, is the CEO & Partner at ICUBE Projects. He is also a speaker and a Haiku poet.He is the author of “Songs of the Mist“.

The feature of my book is part of a new initiative that Shashi calls “Spotlight”: he is showcasing new and independent authors, through an interview that he conducts – on a book the author submits but also much more.

The selection process is quite thorough. Shashi asks writers to fill out a questionnaire – and then answer a few, quite detailed (and very interesting) questions about their writing philosophy, their motivations and other details related to the writing life.

I had no idea that he was actually going to make the answers a part of the Spotlight Feature so I answered the questions in a casual tone and without worrying about “being read”.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy it.

SPOTLIGHT: ‘The Happiness Switch’ by Christine Ellis


Good Feeling Movie Review: “The Painted Veil”

Painted-veil-poster“The Painted Veil”

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5 Good Feelings Stars

There are very few love stories that have touched my heart the way “The Painted Veil” has done. It stars the beautiful and talented Naomi Watts, her husband, Liev Schreiber and the wonderful Edward Norton.

The movie came out in 2006 (has it been 10 years already??) but it is a classic and it has staying power.

In a nutshell, this is the story (from IMDB’s website): a¬†British medical doctor fights a cholera epidemic in a small Chinese village, while being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.

This very short description does not convey the depth and intricacy of the story.

The plot starts in the 1920’s in England. Naomi Watts plays a bubbly, frivolous young British woman who, at a “certain age”, is pushed by her parents to marry. So she accepts the proposal of a seemingly dull, but stable and serious medical doctor. They marry and move to China where she quickly finds a lover. Hurt by her behaviour, her husband drags her to a remote part of the country where he takes on an assignment to tend to a cholera epidemic.

This is where their love story begins. As this frivolous young woman finally sees the realities of rural China, of poverty and hardship, as well as her husband’s dedication and talent in caring for people, she begins to transform. She takes an interest in working with orphans at the local orphanage and helping others in any way that she can.

She begins to understand the kind of man that her husband is and, instead of seeing him as dull and uninteresting, she sees the dedicated, caring doctor and strong man she married.

I will not tell you the end of the story. The movie is well worth seeing if you like love stories. It is far more than that though: it is a movie about growing up, about finding strength and dedication and honor, about giving of yourself and about loving and caring for other people.

5 Good Feeling Stars

Buy the DVD on Amazon

The Painted Veil