Happiness is Risky Business

One of the happiest people I know saw that I was reading  “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. She asked if I was a happy person. It didn’t take me long to say “Yes.” Somehow that didn’t feel like enough, so I added, “I’d still like to be happier.” Oh. End of conversation. Seemed like there should have been a few more happy-like comments exchanged but no. Oh well. Is it weird to talk about being happy?

Later in the day, I attended a Happiness Class. It’s a 4 week class in happy. I think happy and retirement have a lot in common. I’m exploring both.

We’re reading Rubin’s book. We all talk about being happy and what it means. We don’t think it’s weird to talk about it even though most of us were strangers before the class started. Now we have happy talk in common at least. Recently we discussed risking failure. That takes happy talk to a whole new level. Turns out taking risks and failing has a happy component to it. The more you try new things, the more you grow. And the happier you become.

Personal Growth=Happiness.  Try something weird like fail so that you can be happy.

Interesting idea. Many people said they didn’t like to take risks. It was uncomfortable. But they would try because of the class. Because of the opportunity to better discover the zen of happiness. I wondered if they realized they had already taken a risk. They were sitting in a class with strangers. Talking about happiness. Not thinking it was weird. They risked that all the talk might not lead to happiness.  But it could and they were there willing to try.

A roomful of risk takers. And me too.


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