Re-understanding the pursuit of happines

Behind all of the most popular modern approaches to happiness and success is the simple philosophy of focusing on things going right. But ever since the first philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome, a dissenting perspective has proposed the opposite: that it’s our relentless effort to feel happy, or to achieve certain goals, that is precisely what makes us miserable and sabotages our plans.

via Happiness is a glass half empty | Oliver Burkeman | Life and style | The Guardian.

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