Happiness Schmappiness

Why is the Art of Being Happy sometimes so elusive? Don’t give me the ol’ “Being happy is an inside job” because I know that, I preach that…and on the inside I AM happy. It’s the things going on around me in the world that yank me violently from that place of bliss. Unfortunately, it’s my job to deal with those things in the healthiest way possible, and sometimes that’s tough. Necessary, but tough.

I read an amazing book a couple of years ago called, The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, by Eric Weiner. A ridiculous and cliché statement, but I found a lot of happy in that book.

“Using the ancient philosophers and the much more recent “science of happiness” as my guide, I travel the world in search of the happiest places and what we can learn from them. As I make my way from Iceland (one of the world’s happiest countries) to Bhutan (where the king has made Gross National Happiness a national priority) to Moldova (not a happy place), I calls upon the collective wisdom of “the self-help industrial complex” to help him navigate the path to contentment.