The Account of a Lifetime

April 8, 2008

What is happiness, anyway?

Filed under: Cogitations — xisor @ 5:17 pm

It’s a silly old conundrum, isn’t it?

I sit here…happy. I’ve finished three books in the last ten days, I’m sitting working on my Gravitational Dynamics revision, I’m listening to a bit of decent music (the track: Boe, as it happens) and I know that even before I’m done writing this, I’ll probably be distracted enough to go an make a pot of one of the dozens of tea I have sit in the kitchen. Suffice, I’m quite happy. My housemates are back, I’m here in St Andrews again, I’m not absolutely skint and generally things are all good.

But, there’s a darker side to all of it. Families. There’s huge problems with families just now. Well, for me their…intellectual problems. I’m not emotionally bothered by them, but others are, and that upsets me rationally. There’s a whole lot of bother going into preserving relationships and generally keeping the boats unshaken. Unsurprisingly, it comes down to happiness. My sister makes a very important point of ensuring things are comfortable for people. She stresses alot about certain things, but overall she’s far more concerned that people aren’t upset at that point in time. Similarly, an academic niece is focussed on the happiness of her family rather than resolving problems. Perhaps it’s a psychological thing. Happiness is one of the few things in life we can directly control, so they compartmentalise things. (more…)


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