Everyone’s been abuzz about this op-ed. I love this article because it’s what we’ve always known, but now it’s framed in a way that totally gets people (and with data!).
The answer to happiness isn’t difficult. Do what makes you feel good, surround yourself with people who you care about and care about you in return and don’t get bogged down with inconsequential things. The problem is that society has evolved to value the things that don’t necessarily equate to happiness. We go to school not really to learn but to get good grades, be involved in loads of extracurriculars, score high on standardized tests – all so we can get into good colleges. Once in said college our goal becomes to, once again, excel academically, pile on internships and eventually land a sweet paying job. This is what’s been drilled into our heads since we were little. And the lucky ones learn along the way that most of that doesn’t matter, it’s the social interaction you have and the trust you build with your peers that sustains you.
Why, then, do we continue to delude ourselves by partaking in all the frivolous crap that makes us unhappy in the end? Are we all just a bunch of drama queens? Unlikely. Changing generations of thinking and acting takes time. But it’s refreshing to see more attention being paid to the matter.