Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.
Happiness! Oh, how we crave it, contemplate it, pursue it, discuss it, ache for it. But what is happiness? Who is happy? Where can I find it? What will it cost? Is happiness real or merely an illusion: actual or a momentary flight?
Dr. Martin Seligman, pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, explains in his groundbreaking book, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being that happiness is an artful blend of pleasure and meaning: a grace-filled dance in rhythm with our heart’s call.
Happiness is not hedonism, a mindless quest for pure pleasure. Rather, happiness is a swirl of positive emotions in concert with a deep sense of meaning: serving and belonging to something larger than oneself. Happiness is the beloved child of Meaning and Pleasure.
When do positive emotions lift you? When does your heart quicken, beating with joy, gratitude, awe, waves of love, or compassion? Or, perhaps it is a gentle sway of comfort, contentment, connection or ease coursing through your mind and body. Each of these emotions opens us to personal pleasure: the Father of Happiness.
What evokes your sense of purpose, motivating you to give and to grow? Is it a field of study, family, a calling, community, faith, or something else? This is personal meaning: the Mother of Happiness.
Where do your passion and purpose live? How do pleasure and meaning flow through your days? What brings you To Life?
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