Short NPR segment featuring advice from a 19th century clergyman


Archival photo of the Rev. Sydney Smith’s writing in the Spectator

NPR’s David Bouchier explores the practice of comforting and advising people struggling with loneliness and melancholia in a short radio piece. He questions the  individualistic approaches in most self-help literature, and reads  an 1820 letter from the Rev. Sydney Smith which he offers as a better model.

You can hear the story and read a transcript on the WSHU site.

Do Smith’s words resonate today? Bouchier adds his own advice–donate to your local public radio station–what would you add?


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Neff Powell
Neff Powell

Delightful and excellent. Spot on. Thank you David.

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