Happiness – easier said than done (Washington Post)

January 7, 2008

PredictingHappiness

I find it very interesting that the subject of Happiness has moved out of the esoteric, self-help genre and into the mainstream news.

(Read the Washington Post article.)

Maybe all the recent political focus on the Constitution has reminded us that our Founding Fathers thought that Happiness was so important, they gave us (in our Declaration of Independence) the right to pursue it.

Two hundred years ago the pursuit of happiness was considered important enough to put in this powerful document.  Turns out it is also in the 1947 Constitution of Japan.

So why now is Happiness making the news? Are we feeling less happy than in the past? Are we less busy providing the basics and now can focus on loftier thoughts? Is the mainstream press tired of covering bad news and instead is focusing on subjects like Happiness? Has America gone all hippie/kumbaya?

I’d love to hear what you think.

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One Response to “Happiness – easier said than done (Washington Post)”

  1. Linda Says:

    Dear Aura Mae,

    I think it is great that people are thinking more deeply about happiness — it should be shouted from the rooftops! It’s so easy to get bogged down in day-to-day crap — how refreshing that people all over, in all walks of life, are starting to think in a more positive manner. Now, if we can only get them to act that way aside from just thinking about it!

    The article raises an interesting question — how do we know if reaching our goals will actually bring us the happiness or satisfaction we think they will. Will have to ponder that one.

    I have been blessed to be brought up with a positive, mental attitude and if each person could just be a little kinder to themselves and others, I think this would be a better world for all.

    OK, off my soapbox for now — a practical book that I recently read about happiness and recommend is Marci Shimoff’s “Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out.” She has a down-to-earth approach about increasing happiness in many different areas of our lives.

    May you have a wonderful (and happy – LOL) new year! If your Salon were in southern California, I’d be a customer!

    Cheers,
    Linda


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