From The School of Life—Epicurus and “happiness.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” — Mark Twain
From The Atlantic:
In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished — but he, prisoner number 119104, had lived. In his bestselling 1946 book, Man’s Search for Meaning, which he wrote in nine days about his experiences in the camps, Frankl concluded that the difference between those who had lived and those who had died came down to one thing: Meaning, an insight he came to early in life. When he was a high school student, one of his science teachers declared to the class, “Life is nothing more than a combustion process, a process of oxidation.” Frankl jumped out of his chair and responded, “Sir, if this is so, then what can be the meaning of life?”
As he saw in the camps, those who found meaning even in the most horrendous circumstances were far more resilient to suffering than those who did not. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing,” Frankl wrote in Man’s Search for Meaning, “the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
It seems to me that Frankl defined a kind of happiness with his above declaration.
From Ink Tank.
From The Unbounded Spirit. I particularly liked number 2—”When you lose, don’t lose the lesson”—and number 10—”Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.”
From mintlife blog,
Happiness is, by nature, a subjective quality with a definition like a moving target. There is scant evidence — qualitative or quantitative — to lend convincing support to those life variables most critical in determining individual happiness, which is likely why past researchers committed to the scientific method rarely tried to tackle the subject.
This is changing…
Gosh, I’m a flaming introvert, supposedly less happy than extroverts. Really? And I think they missed a big one. Any guesses?
Found here, by Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D.
From Vanity Fair, here is how the “interview” with Albert Brooks starts:
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Not sure what happiness means. Need to look that up.
What is your greatest fear?
That three days before I die I’ll find out what happiness means.
Found here, with the full text below. I am pleased that numbers 8, 2, and 1 are on the list because I read them and liked all three. I reviewed number 1 here. And I read another of Donald Miller‘s books, Blue Like Jazz but not the one listed at number 10. But isn’t Peter Matthiessen’s, The Snow Leopard (1978) missing? Or is it considered a non-fiction nature book rather than a travel novel? Continue reading