Happiness is Overrated by Tony Schwartz

This week my wife Elena Lyons Cardone and I recently talked about being happy on The G&E Show. She is a naturally happy person and thinks it quite valuable while I have very little attention on being happy. The question I posed in the show is that too many people are searching for happy when they should be searching for meaning.

I ran across this article that I wanted to share with you on this topic – May you be happy with a meaningful life. – GC

Happiness is Overrated by Tony Schwartz

Some years ago, I spent time with a guy who I typically greeted in the most ordinary way: “How are you?” I’d ask.

“I’m WON-DER-FUL,” he’d respond, rapturously, and every time I asked. Talk about a conversation stopper. What do you say back to that?

Suffice to say this wasn’t a guy with whom I was eager to share a long meal. Here’s the paradox: “Happy” people are some of the dullest people I know. And yet happiness is the state to which so many of us doggedly aspire.

When I looked up “happiness” on Amazon this morning there were 18,751 books with that word in the title. Here are a few from the past several years: Happy, Happier, The Happiness Project, The Happiness Advantage, The Happiness Hypothesis, The Happiness Makeover, The How of Happiness, Stumbling on Happiness, Delivering Happiness, Exploring Happiness, Raising Happiness, Authentic Happiness, Zen and the Art of Happiness, and the tenth anniversary edition of The Art of Happiness, by his Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

I’m loath to rain on this parade, but dare I suggest that happiness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

Full article at: Business Insider

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