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The Art of Happiness

October 15th, 2013 · No Comments

I was just reading a few articles attempting to explain Happiness. Seems there are experts out there that know what is best for me. Each article had its own rather skewed view of how to achieve such a luxury in my life:

One article stated that dark chocolate was the answer. Apparently this was based on a Dutch poll. Gee, has anyone else ever heard of Dutch Chocolate?

One article stated that meditative yoga was the answer. Do you think anyone will notice that the author was a yoga instructor and fitness guru based in Los Angeles?

Still another article claimed that watching re-runs of our favorite mind-numbing TV programs was the answer. I would guess Chuck Lorre wrote that comment on one of his infamous vanity cards viewable at the end of each episode of his very profitable network sit-coms.

Reading between the lines, I came up with my own personal view point for my own happiness:

  1. I rarely eat chocolate. I prefer peanut butter; Nutter Butters, peanut butter crackers, peanut butter cookies, cocktail peanuts and occasionally Reese’s peanut butter cups. Every statistic states that peanut butter is bad for me. Therefore, peanut butter makes me happy.
  2. I have never tried yoga. I don’t think I ever want to be caught in a “downward dog” position ever in my life. However, I can walk up and down every aisle of an antique mall for hours and never break a sweat. I will cross open fields, hike gravel roads and traipse through urban decay to scour even the saddest of pop up tent sales, garage sales, going out of business or liquidation events. My bank account states that shopping is bad for me. Therefore, shopping makes me happy.
  3. I have always loved TV. I love to watch football on TV. I love to watch old movies and musicals on TV. I love HGTV. I even love really good commercials on TV. Every teacher on the planet will tell me TV is bad for me. Therefore, TV makes me happy.

So are you all beginning to see a common thread here? Happiness is not a qualitative formula. It’s very subjective and personal; like Art. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, etc…

I can’t tell you how to find happiness in your own life nor can any one of the above referred articles or so-called experts.

Enjoy what you enjoy and be happy with that.

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