Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong — a premise he supports with intriguing research, and explains in his accessible and unexpectedly funny book, Stumbling on Happiness.
It is wonderful that a modern philosopher can come to the same conclusions as the Buddha 2,500 years ago. He said that when we learn to accept things as they are we find happiness. When we cease to strive for happiness in the future we find it in this moment. Getting what we want doesn’t make us happy, being happy with what we have does. Craving causes misery, acceptance and peace makes us happy.
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I actually offer a different take on happiness. My heart was made for this world but it is designed also for what will become it’s final resting spot…Heaven. So, on earth we can only therefore be reasonable happy. This is in no way to say we settle while we are living on earth but rather to understand that our fulfillment will only come to us at the end. And this, this trust, and faith makes the living on earth so unique, so special, and so filled with promise.