So I've been really diving deep into the book I chose, Flow. It's basically about how to achieve genuine happiness. It has me questioning whether I have ever been happy. I find it interesting that days later....I still haven't come up with an answer. The author mentioned that true happiness is the things that we do that took extra work and stress to obtain. When we finally reach that victory, it creates an emotional utopia. I think I agree to a certain extent. When I bust my butt for a goal I do feel some sort of feeling, but I can't say that it's happiness.
What is happiness really? I suppose by the end of the book I will have an idea, right?
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I tried to tackle this question too, I think, after I finished reading Endurance. I agree with the author of Flow, except for the idea that work that includes stress makes us happy. I can't think of anytime when working towards a goal that included stress made me happy. I think that work, at least certain kinds of work, where a person gets lost in the process of it, induces happiness. And I think that the kind of work that creates this feeling is different for each person. I might easily get lost in the work of a hike or a workout that induces happiness when I've attained the goal, but for someone else, it might create stress and become like torture. And someone else might get lost in working on the solution of a math equation (and find happiness in attaining the goal), but for me it would be complete torture! I hope you come closer to the answer as you finish the book!ReplyDelete
I find that I question this often as well. I always strive for "happiness" but then sometimes question if we're constantly striving for it, we miss out on the present moment. Sometimes being present in the moment, taking a deep breath, enjoying the little things, can really help you realize that life is beautiful. I'm a pretty negative person and always stress out about work or school or money, but I think by making time to destress and breathe and enjoy life, happiness follows. I don't necessarily think you can be happy constantly, but overall happiness with your choices and living life to the fullest is very important. You only get one life!ReplyDelete
Great topic! Very interesting to think about the concept of what is truly the cause of happiness in an individual's life, in addition to the idea that the answer may not be what we initially might think it is.ReplyDelete