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Looking in the wrong direction

July 29, 2011 — by Daryll Scott2

For me, there is a strong link between creativity and happiness. When I’m being creative, whether alone or with others, I thrive.  Even if I need to do the same thing over and over again I change stuff for the sake of it, not just for the wonderful, surprising discoveries, also to keep me awake and alive on the inside.

A chap on BBC Breakfast News announced this week that the government is looking into ‘causes’ of happiness and invited people to text in with the question, “What makes you happy?”

The result was a list of circumstances, or external factors to blame their happiness on. They are looking in the wrong direction. Happiness is an internal process. There has been plenty of study that indicates external circumstances, even lottery wins, have little or no effect on long-term happiness.

It’s not what happens to you – it’s the meaning you put on it (someone else in the same circumstance may see things differently).  You may not be able to choose the activity but you can certainly choose how you do it.

2 comments

  • Malc

    August 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Texting fatuous answers to TV programmes makes me happy.

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  • karen

    September 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Couldn’t agree more… and would add that paying attention to the bigger connections in our actions can be interesting too.. the Russian writer Dostoevsky was imprisioned for his views and noticed that in one prison the prisoners were asked to work moving sand from one side of the camp to the other, day after day, week after week and month after month -this led to such despair that some inmates attempted to kill themsleves by throwing themselves on electic fences.. by contast in another camp prisoners worked just as hard but knew they were building a railroad and they were actually singing at work and taking some pride in their toils…..

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