Sunday, December 29, 2013

Avoiding Our Unhappiness



“If you are homeless, or experience chronic pain, or are unjustly imprisoned, or have some form of mental illness, unhappiness is pretty much unavoidable.”

“Most of us can change, even if we feel sometimes that we can’t. We can take control, and we can do more of what makes us happy, and less of what makes us unhappy.”

“... we can be happier if we immerse ourselves in the struggles and challenges that bring us most satisfaction. Russell believes that this is simply because we are then given time off from the puritan focus on our own ‘follies and shortcomings’ which we are conditioned to obsess about.”

“...we owe it to ourselves to do more than just wish we were happy." 

“Here’s an idea for you…

As the young Russell did, make the choice. Do you choose to be happy or unhappy? If you choose happiness he further asks, will trying to be happy do any harm? If the answer is no, then start trying.”

Suppose you do not like the job that you have today, start liking the fact that you are a responsible person: one who is able to do what is required of him/herself.

Excerpt From: Ideas, Infinite. “Bertrand Russell's The Conquest of Happiness.” Infinite Ideas, 2012-01-11T00:00:00+00:00. iBooks. 

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