Are you as happy as you want to be?
Time magazine suggests we are "wired" for happiness. Why then haven't we made more progress toward a satisfaction that lasts?
Most of us want to laugh more often, to have friends who care about us, to live purpose-filled lives, to have a calm center even when others are panicky. Yet even minor irritations can easily derail happiness. Why is that?
Social psychologist David Myers, author of The Pursuit of Happiness, summarizes our unsuccessful efforts:
We excel at making a living but fail at making a life.
We celebrate our prosperity but yearn for purpose.
We cherish our freedoms but long for connection.
In an age of plenty, we feel spiritually hungry.
The fact is, we want to be happy, but we don't know how.
Is help available? Can people truly expect to find deep contentment and delight? If so, how?
My research shows me that while we were made to relate, we find it terribly difficult. Our
communication with one another is a fundamental human problem. Although it might be easier to function alone (we don't have to explain, convince, argue, or consider someone else's feelings), study in psychology and American culture overwhelmingly supports the notion that we are social beings.
We need to find ways to get through to people if we want to be happy. Finding Happiness: Building Stable Relationships in Turbulent Times, shows us how. Crosslink Publishing has made the book available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and bookstores nationwide. See the book on Amazon or go to our website for more information at www.FindingHappiness.info .
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Have a great day!
Paul W. Swets