Geography of Bliss – Hwk # 2

27 Feb

While reading  “The Geography of Bliss” by Eric Weiner the passage that caught my attention is on page 3, “We speak of searching for happiness, of finding contentment , as if these were locations in an atlas, actual places that we could visit if only we had the proper map and the right navigational skills.” This makes me ponder how ironic it sounds to talk about happiness as if it was as simple to be found at a certain place. As a matter a fact we speak about happiness as if happiness was far away from one another when in reality it might be right in front of us.  It’s just a matter of taking good use of our surroundings.  Instead of complaining of our lack state of happiness and looking for happiness we should figure out how to make ourselves happy with what we have, appreciate it more. I also believe people who tend to “look” for happiness are not likely to be as happy, as the ones that don’t look for it because they have high expectations of happiness that when they reach it its not like they expected it. Just like the author Eric Hoffer emphasizes “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”(4)

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2 Responses to “Geography of Bliss – Hwk # 2”

  1. rivassofia February 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Hello Irma,

    ““The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”(4)

    I disagree with you because I see friends who try to look for happiness in their own funny way and they go through a lot of things until they finally find what makes them happy.

  2. eng1spr2012 March 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    So can we find happiness if looking for it makes us unhappy? What would you tell a person that was unhappy and desired happiness? Is there hope for them to achieve it?

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