Happiness is a warm puppy? The David Brooks article in the New York Times offers a reminder that “…most of us pay attention to the wrong things…” Starting with the “Sandra Bullock Trade” – now the entertainment news focus – Brooks outlines recent research on the state of happiness.
What does it take to be happy? Evidently, not money or fame – although many find that hard to believe. Brooks refers to two books that honor the philosophy that money isn’t everything – policy wonk David Halpern’s The Hidden Wealth of Nations and former Harvard president Derek Bok’s The Politics of Happiness.
So where do you find happiness? Eric Weiner, self-proclaimed grump and correspondent for National Public Radio, goes on an easy-to-read journey in his Geography of Bliss to find it – “…where we are is vital to who we are…” This is all about the people he meets – a satisfying and humorous saga that takes you from Bhutan to Iceland – yes, America is in the mix. You may be surprised at the happiest places to live.
Of course, it all depends on how you define happiness. Charlie Brown found it with Snoopy, but Charles Schulz never did, according to the David Michaelis’ biography Schulz and Peanuts.