The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World by David MaloufIn the first Quarterly Essay for 2011, David Malouf returns to one of the most fundamental questions and gives it a modern twist: what makes for a happy life?
With grace and profundity, Malouf discusses new and old ways to talk about contentment and the self. In considering the happy life – what it is, and what makes it possible – David Malouf returns to the “highest wisdom” of the classics, looks at how, thanks to Thomas Jefferson’s way with words, happiness became a “right”, and examines joy in the flesh as depicted by Rubens and Rembrandt. In a world become ever larger and impersonal, he finds happiness in an unlikely place. This is an essay to savour and reflect upon by one of Australia’s greatest novelists.
Happiness. Contentment. Life-Satisfaction.
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So to search for contentment, means to search for happiness. Many search for this peace of mind but few put in the effort and time which is required.
It s quite a pity that a lot of people in the world today are not contented. Have you ever wished you were someone else? Have you ever wished you were taller, thinner, smarter, bigger or finer? Have you ever wished you had longer hair, better teeth? Have you ever wished you were born into a different family?
How many times have you said that to yourself over the years? How many times have you found yourself feeling unhappy, wondering why and what you can do to turn it around? We do back flips to harness that elusive emotion. We desperately strive to make money, buy stuff we don't need, change our appearance, or find the love of our lives. And we work just as hard trying to prevent unhappiness by keeping the bad things at bay. If we control our lives properly, maybe we won't have to deal with debt, divorce, illness, disappointment, failure, or stress. Hundreds of books have been written about happiness and how to create it.
Or experience contentment? Many people strive to be happy and live a life marked by a sense of satisfaction. They buy books, take classes, and even read blogs to find the secret to happiness. Do these things lead to happiness? Early in my career, I was asked to apply and interview for the position of associate pastor of what was becoming a very large and prominent church.