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What is happiness?
I think happiness is a pretty complicated concept
that has to do with pleasure on one hand
but has to do with broader meaning, also.
We know that there is a whole spectrum
of positive state that one wants to attain
that is much more nuanced
than the word 'happiness' would imply.
It seems to me that happiness is some blend
of experience of pleasure and the experience
of meaning and fulfillment in life.
And, I think much more of the latter than the former.
For me, staying in my own lane,
not being comparative to others, my peers
that could have more than me or less than me.
That is when I'm the most happy,
when I'm in my own lane.
Happiness is something more long term.
I could sensibly ask you if you're happy with
your day or happy with your life.
Pleasure is short term.
Pleasure is an experience that could last
10 seconds, 20 seconds, a minute.
A sip of wine, it could be hearing a joke,
being hugged, watching your child laugh.
If you want to define happiness in any big picture way
you really want to be focusing more on
what gives life meaning and purpose
than you do on the moment to moment
little jolts of joy you might get.
Happiness to me before I was diagnosed with cancer
a few years ago
meant something very different to me.
Happiness back then was about achieving these big milestones:
graduating from college, getting the right kind of job.
Now, happiness to me is about the mundane
everyday, little things in my life.
We know a lot about the things that are associated
with high life satisfaction.
By far the most important is your relationships with other people.
There's kind of fleeting happiness,
the kinds of little buzzes you get from
eating an awesome ice cream sundae.
But, to me the real happiness,
what I would call joy,
is that deep connection you get with somebody else.
My son racing up to me and throwing his arms around
my neck and his legs around my middle
and he's the koala bear and I'm the tree:
that's happiness.
That's happiness.


What Is Happiness?

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Courtney Shih 發佈於 2020 年 1 月 20 日
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