“Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
In America, on this week of Thanksgiving, we stop all of the busy-ness for a few moments and give thanks.
We look around and notice what we are grateful for. And, as science increasingly points out, we do ourselves and those around us a great service in the noticing.
What if, in calculating our happiness, we became joy detectives? Making a point every day to notice those tiny moments of joy (moments that, woven together, make up the fabric of our definition of happy).
What if, in calculating our happiness, we started with our intention to feel happy when it arrives? What if we turned our focus, as the Russian writer suggests, from our complaints to our blessings, from what is despairing to what we can choose to do in response?
What if, in being grateful, we chose to look at where our actions bring us good, have been aligned with what matters most, have given us results that we are happy to own?
What if we extended “thank you” beyond the holiday season and into our lives?
The road to happiness begins with doing the sums.
Turn your attention to what’s right this week, and be glad.
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