Tag Archives: Are We Hung Up on Happiness? – Dan Gottlieb on the right to pursue happiness

Dan Gottlieb gives an inspiring opinion about the pursuit of happiness:

“The U.S. Declaration of Independence gives us the right to pursue happiness. That’s all well and good, but are we finding that the pursuit of happiness can make us miserable?

In today’s culture more people are pursuing happiness and not succeeding, leaving them frustrated and living with a sense of failure. Making matters worse, the pursuit of happiness can make us self-absorbed, which is guaranteed to make us unhappy!

Even though we have the right to pursue happiness, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Most of us don’t know how to achieve happiness. We think if we have enough wealth, we will be happy, but that doesn’t work. We think if our children are successful, we will be happy, so we push them to be successful and then everyone is unhappy.”

There is a lot of wisdom in these few sentences: the craving for happiness is leading to an even MEaner society. The answer is not in chasing happiness, it is in living happily. Thanks to Dan for his article, which you can read on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-gottlieb-phd/is-happiness-necessary_b_770560.html