“Just do seventeen things and you will be rich, content and happy. You might do better at work, get a raise, be more attractive and have more sex.”
I think some of that’s okay, but it seems like the more we pursue happiness, the less likely we are to attain it. That’s called the paradox of hedonism—or the pleasure paradox—and Wikipedia would be an excellent place for you to learn more about an endless quest for happiness.
I always tell anybody who listens: happiness isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, and cynicism is underrated. Maybe that’s a little extreme, but happiness can leave you dull and hopeless. It leaves you thinking about the space that exists in your heart and your mind. And it keeps you thinking about yourself instead of others.
I am trying to push myself to be less cynical, but I don’t want to be a happy fool. I would like to get up earlier, build up a reservoir of goodwill with my colleagues, anticipate success, and savor the good moments.
That’s enough for me.