11 Jan Happiness is something new
Without in any way wanting to reinforce the throw-away, consumerist society in which we live, where (I believe) too many objects are bought, used for a short period, and disposed of … not because they don’t work any more but because a new, bigger or better version has come on the market (think TV sets, mobile phones, mp3 players etc.), I do think that happiness comes at least in part from renewal.
In my clinical psychology practice (www.makingchanges.com.au) we had a number of staff changes at the end of last year which first was quite disruptive and at times distressing. Although we’re still adjusting it’s rapidly becoming apparent that the changes are mostly for the good. Although we’re losing we’re also gaining and the gains are in renewed energy, a revitalised practice and a new enthusiasm.
All of these are vitally important contributors to happiness.
So please don’t think I’m endorsing the practice of chucking out stuff unnecessarily but please do consider, for your own happiness, where and when you might be able to introduce novelty and change in your life – in a positive way. I honestly believe that happiness depends a lot on challenge (which comes from change) and newness.