Friday October 30, 2020

In search of contentment

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS By Darrin McMahon Penguin Allen Lane, €36.50

10th June, 2006

We are obsessed with happiness. Strangely, this obsession seems to focus not on the lived experience of happiness itself, but rather on the need for an intellectual understanding of how to be happy.

As humans, it is apparently not enough simply to experience happiness. We are beset by a peculiar need to intellectualise happiness, to explain it and - worst of all - to measure it. This infuriating need lies at the root of any...

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