Happiness – Continued.

I last posted about Happiness in my blog in January. Since then a lot has happened in all our lives and this topic has been taken for granted.

In my post I had given some quotations and now I have come across another one, which is so good that I want to share it with all of you. This quote does not make specific reference to ‘happiness’ but it is implied, and one can replace ‘money’ and ‘success’ with ‘happiness’ and still get the same effect.

“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”
– Bob Dylan

The reason I wished to write about happiness today however is not because I wish to share the quote but due to an article by Paul Bloom, a psychologist, that I read recently which throws up some very interesting ideas. Please do read it and savour them.

I have often referred to a favourite book of mine on happiness – ‘Happier’ by Tal Ben-Shahar.

In that, people are classified into three categories: Rat Racer, Hedonist and Nihilist.

The definitions are:

Rat Racer: Lives in the hope of being happy in the future, and yet is
unable to enjoy the here and now.

Hedonist: Finds some pleasure in the good things in life – good wine, good food, good company – and yet is unable to enjoy lasting fulfillment.

Nihilist: Has completely given up on finding happiness.

Tal Ben-Shahar propounds on ‘Positive Psychology’ which teaches one how to become happier right now – no lottery, windfall, job promotion, or new love required!

His classes on Positive Psychology at the Harvard University have been extremely popular and many students who have attended claim that they have become happier, and in turn recommend other students to take the course.

I am doing my bit in spreading the good word around. Please read the article and if possible read the book too.


Finally, to prove that “Happiness” is a myth, here is impeccable logic.
Single women claim that all the good men are married, while all married women complain about their lousy husbands. This confirms that there is no such thing as a good man. Any comments men?

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