Happiness - The Search for a Quick Fix
The Search for a Quick Fix What is happiness? What is true happiness?  Our society is obsessed with questions about happiness – what it is and how to acquire it – such that we found ourselves on a ubiquitous search for a panacea – a quick fix that will sprinkle a happy potion over our collective senses and enable us to live happily ever  after.  Lest we should forget, we are bombarded with reminders to be happy on all occasions – happy birthday, happy anniversary, happy new year, happy Mother's/Father's Day, happy Easter, happy holidays – the list is endless. As if that isn’t enough - in the never-ending quest for a happy society - magazines offer an ongoing plethora of opinions and articles, such as: "Can Money Buy Happiness?" … "The Key to Happiness" … "How to be Happy All the Time”.. "The “Secret of Happiness” .. "How to Keep Your Man [Woman] Happy" or the ever popular "Happiness Quiz". If only it was that easy! Are we any happier today than we were 20, 30 or 40 years ago? I don't believe so. In fact we are facing more stress than ever, due in part to the fact that computers have replaced people in the workplace, and in part to the social isolation that technology has left in its wake. We don't even go out to buy these wonderful happy-everything greetings cards – we send e-cards! Worse still, we send out mass mailings at Christmas time, rather than take the time to send individual messages! Having lost so much of our connectedness, how can we be happy? Are there people ...
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