A brilliant examination of the way we become caught in the false promises of the Happiness Industry. Also read the previous post, a review of Sarah Ahmed book, The Promise of Happiness.
Drawing in part on some of the points made in Sara Ahmed’s book The Promise of Happiness, which I just reviewed in the last post, as well as current events there are a few more points about the topic of happiness I wish to touch upon.
Self-help books are full of advice about attaining “happiness” but many of them don’t define what they mean by “happiness”.
What does “happiness” even mean in common parlance? Ask a dozen people and you’ll get a dozen answers. Words like blissful, relaxed, stress-free, joyful, carefree, comfortable, ecstatic and peaceful would possibly be used. The problem with these is they don’t really refer to anything. They have no relation to one’s context. They are states of being that seem to be achievable in isolation or that is the way they come across in these books and other media.
The thing is we don’t live…
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