Morning Thoughts on Happiness

We — Man — don’t want happiness.

We have it confused.

We enjoy the happiness we derive from stimulation — change, and the achievement and arrival of the New.

Happiness is not a constant.

On a related note, it is not based on constants.

Contentment on the other hand, that’s a different story. For me, the words “contentment” and “happiness” mean two very different things. Happiness is that burst of elation, that brief swelling of the heart. Content is that dull smile that can persist for a while afterward. Contentment can live in an extended situation.

“Happiness” is never eternal.


Thought process courtesy of Anthony Burgess from his essay in the June 2nd, 2012 edition of The New Yorker, “The Clockwork Condition.

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