04 Jun Finding good in bad; happiness in the sad
by Michael Steger for Psychology Today
The pursuit of happiness…it sounds so great, why wouldn’t everyone want happiness?
Maybe everyone should, but there is an unsettling idea about happiness creeping over the conversation.
Happiness has become the recepticle for all things good in life. Good feelings, good relationships, good desires, good vacations, good purchasing decisions, good plans for the future, good sex, good health, good looks. Is this happiness? It sounds great, but if this image of happiness is meant to remedy a historical perseveration on all the nasty junk of life, then the very absence of all that junk makes this notion of happiness unappealing, and probably unrealistic. One snapshot in time seems to capture this point perfectly in my mind.