Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Be Unhappy

There are two good reasons to appreciate emotions other than happiness. The first is that few of us are likely to live our lives in bliss. By making happiness holy, we dismiss the overwhelming majority of human experience as nothing more than an also-ran. The second is that dissatisfaction is the driver of human endeavour – and not just in the luxury goods industry.

FT.com / Books / Essays - The up side of down.


It turns out unhappiness is not so bad after all. According to the article which reviews several books on the subject dissatisfaction is necessary. If we were satisfied with what we have there would be little reason for new products and services; hence little economic development.


Also discontent is the source of so much creativity in art and literature. Where would the works of Shakespeare be without tragedy? Or Turkish soap operas for that matter. To visualize this try thinking of a friend who always seems to be jolly and happy; doesn’t it get a little annoying? It’s OK not to be happy all the time, but try not to drift far off cause that is no fun either!

4 comments:

Carly said...

Absolutely, as long as a person is 'content' he won't get off the couch, so to speak.
Also, in the US many say that their goal is to just 'be happy'. While this can be a benign goal in essence, it can also be a detriment to the society at large.

bu ziyad said...

carly: I guess the key here is balance.. to to content with what you have yet strive to improve what you can..

Peter Peter said...

Rightfully said.
"God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference"

Anonymous said...

I agree. If your goal is to always be happy that itself will make you stressed and frustrated since it is not healthy to be happy all the time. Feeling other emotions other than happiness lets you recognize happiness when you feel it.