The more I write this blog, the more I think about relationships with other people, and the older I get, I believe there are some people who seek happiness and others who don't.
"Is happiness a skill that, once acquired, endures through one's ups and downs?" asks Mattieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk and author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill.
"There are a thousand ways of thinking about happiness, and countless philosophers have offered their own. For Saint Augustine, 'Happiness is a rejoicing in the truth.' For Immanuel Kant, happiness must be rational and devoid of any personal taint, while for Marx it is about growth through work. 'What constitutes happiness is a matter of dispute,' Aristotle wrote, 'and the popular account of it is not the same as given by the philosophers.'"
How does Mattieu Ricard define happiness? "By happiness, I mean a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind. This is not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion or a mood, but an optimal state of being. Happiness is also a way of interpreting the world, since while it may be difficult to change the world, it is always possible to change the way we look at it."
Do you believe that people choose to be happy? Is it a personality trait? Or is it a skill they acquire?