Thursday, November 4, 2010

thinking about happiness

Here's a quote I ran across today.

I'll share it now and keep my thoughts on "happiness" percolating a bit longer before I write more about it . . .

"At 18, I thought that if I wasn't happy, given all my good fortune in life, that there was something wrong with me. I would feel ashamed that I was not more grateful. Now I know that happiness is one feeling from an expansive palette of emotions. And that experiencing all of them as they happen, however painful some of them can be, makes happiness so much sweeter when it comes back around. I mean, now I can recognize the real thing."
- Phoebe Potts

You may or may not agree with this viewpoint. And that's ok.
But this is one thing I have thought about - if I could choose to be happy all the time, would I? Or would I choose to feel it all . . . so that the happiness is "so much sweeter when it comes back around."
would you??
And how does that bode with the whole philosophy of "happiness is a choice"?
Hmmm . . .
I'll keep thinking. :)

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

I don't know that happiness is always a choice. I do tell my kids it is.:) I also just try to be easy with myself when I'm not up to feeling it because I know it will come back around. I've never been so deep in depression that I've felt like I would never be happy again.

Also, an interesting thing about that quote is the happiness/gratitude connection. I am extremely grateful right now, to people and for things, but I'm not particularly happy. I'm trying to be, but there's a wall there for now. So, I'll just feel what I'm feeling and stay in bed a little more than I normally would. I know happiness will come back around.

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