If you think happiness is a “rich internal life” then you’ll definitely want to read this…

If you think happiness is a “rich internal life” then you’ll definitely want to read this…

Happiness…it’s more about how we interpret and deal with life than life itself.

Happiness, then…is more about our internal goings on than those external events.

Happiness…it could be argued, is a rich internal life:

via the Huffington Post by Rosie Leizrowice

There’s a scene in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind where Clementine snaps at Joel: ‘what’s in all those journals if your life is so empty?’

That is similar to a question many people have asked me. How can I write a 1000+ word essay about my life almost every day when all I really do is read and write? How can I fill so many notebooks with minute analyses and descriptions, like Joe does?

My answer is simple: much more of my life happens internally than externally. My thoughts are just as interesting as events which happen. Maybe you have noticed how few of my essays here are concerned with actual happenings. Most centre around little realisations, conceptions and personal growth. The same is true for my private diaries.

Our internal lives are the worlds within out own minds. The strange thought tangents which will never be shared. The ability to mull over a topic for an hour whilst staring out of a train window. To be content regardless of what is going on around you. It is a Stoic attitude- being impervious to extraneous events and altogether self-contained.

Over time I have realised that happiness is a skill, and creating a rich internal life is perhaps the most secure way to master it. As Marcus Aurelius wrote 2000 years ago, ‘it is in your power to retire into yourself whenever you choose.’ As a consequence, it helps to have somewhere interesting to retire to. If we put half as much effort into furnishing our minds as we do our homes, the world would be a much happier place. It is our own inflated sense that the world owes us happiness which creates this widespread misery…

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