Are you happy?

Maybe you are happy and don’t know it. Maybe you are NOT happy and don’t know it.

It turns out that the definition of happiness is fuzzy.  People from different cultures don’t agree on what happiness is.

435AC30F-DD29-401C-ACCC-836EE9C0C356In East Asian cultures, being happy means being content.  Look at a Buddha statue, typically with the very slightest hint of a smile, and you will understand the region’s ideal mood.  The purpose of Buddhism is the eliminate suffering, so you should be content if you are not suffering.

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In my culture, a person cannot be considered happy without feeling ecstacy-inducing fun.  Bungee jumping makes us feel alive, so it is should make us happy.

But the differences in how

A really interesting article that describes the cultural differences is Ideal Affect: Cultural Causes and Behavioral Consequences by Jeanne Tsai (2007) in Perspectives on Psychological Science.  (10.1111/j.1745-6916.2007.00043.x).


Can you learn to be satisfied with contentment?  Or do you need to add some fun to your life?

You must answer these questions to avoid chasing happiness wthout ever catching it.

Published by Brock Stout, PhD

Brock has helped many people to be extremely successful. He has lived in various countries and has enjoyed several careers, but is now a writer and a coach. He sustained mild lead poisoning as a child, resulting in neurological damage. The result was a life of learning disabilities, always struggling to keep up. But he completed two degrees from competitive universities, then advised Wall Street executives in Asia for 15 years. He later earned a PhD and worked as a university professor for six years. He has started three profitable companies in between. So he particularly wants to help those with special learning challenges. Because so many of us now have these special challenges, they are no longer special. But they are challenges. He wants you to TEACH YOURSELF how to be successful.

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