In fact, that assumption is often what leads people to some pretty bad places of addiction, consumption, debt, unhealthy behavior — and unhappiness.
So many times, people have said to me that they are guaranteed happiness in the Declaration of Independence. I first remind them that they are given the “unalienable right” to the “pursuit of happiness.” Not to be happy.
Second, I point out that our founding fathers did not have the same idea of “happy” that we seem to find in popular culture. Their idea was a bit deeper — and tightly tied to the Greek idea of Eudaemonia, a term that was about living a life of virtue a “Good Life.”
Let me say again, I do not think life is about being unhappy or miserable. But I tend to think the more we chase happiness, the more it eludes us. Because life isn’t really about happiness.
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