What is Happiness?
We all want to be happy. But what is happiness? In his recent book, Happiness by Design Paul Dolan gives a very nice definition of happiness: happiness is experiences of pleasure and purpose over time.
Happiness Happens in the Present Moment
I like this definition because it doesn’t turn happiness into an abstract concept. Instead, it emphasizes that how we lead our lives, what we turn our attention to, the activities we engage in, or our ability to open up to the present moment, will help to make us happy.
I created this short video to explain the pleasure-purpose principle using my own words. I hope you enjoy it.
Now go out, enjoy some fresh air, meet some friends or talk to a stranger. Do whatever gives you pleasure or – if you want to mix things up – engage in an activity you find purposeful.