Last night the CBC aired an Ideas program called Say No To Happiness. I found it a good one for further understanding the problem with the pressure to be happy.
In it, Ideas producer Frank Faulk interviews the following people (whom I’ve listed in order to provide links and easy reference).
Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
Todd Kashdan, author of Designing Positive Psychology
Jordan B. Peterson, author of Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief
The show’s introductory blurb indicates that the pursuit of happiness and the need for meaning in life exist in tension. The discussion of the difference between joy and compassion as desirable outcomes, and the bit on radical discontent, are particularly helpful to me.
I am having a hard time writing about my responses to the problem with happiness today. But the following two songs help to convey some of my current moodiness. The first is kind of hipster.
The second is kind of country. I like to keep an open mind. If any one thing actually produces happiness in me, it is that.