Nothing I learned prepared me for the truth about happiness.
by Alison Bonds Shapiro, M.B.A. in Healing Into Possibility
Originally published online by Psychology Today
Like many people I grew up thinking that happiness was a quantity that I could acquire and keep – something I either had or I didn’t. I was taught various strategies to acquire what I wanted, but the basic concept was generally that whatever I wanted, including happiness, was an external item that was subject to having or not having – to getting and holding.
Nothing I learned prepared me for the truth about happiness. I have finally understood that happiness is not an object to be acquired; it’s a practice. Happiness is not a thing; it’s a process. Thatunderstanding certainly flies in the face of years of information radiated into my consciousness by all sorts of sources including the most obvious – product advertisements – but it is the way happiness works.