I was reminded of the book ‘The Geography of Bliss’ on Twitter yesterday. So, I downloaded the book on my Audible and listened to the epilogue again.
And, here are a few quotes from the book that I absolutely loved.
We are shaped by our environment. In some ways, we are our environment. The word utopia has 2 meanings – good place and nowhere. That’s the way it should be – the happiest places are the ones that are just this side of paradise. The perfect person would be insufferable to live with. Likewise, we wouldn’t want to live in a perfect place either. A lifetime of happiness – no man could bear it. It would be hell on earth. Happiness requires livable conditions but not paradise. We find happiness in a variety of places.
We thrive on messiness. The Good Life cannot be mere indulgence – it must contain a measure of grit and truth.
Our happiness is completely and utterly intertwined with other people: family and friends and neighbors and the woman you hardly notice who cleans your office. Familiarity should breed contentment and not just content. Happiness is not a noun or verb. It’s a conjunction. Connective tissue.
Money matters, but less than we think and not in the way that we think. Family is important. … Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude.
Have I found happiness? . . . I do experience happy moments. I’m learning, as W.H. Auden counseled, to “dance while you can.” He didn’t say “dance well.” And, for that I’m grateful.
And that brings me to my favorite quote whose beginning inspired the title of today’s post.
Maybe happiness is this…not wanting to be elsewhere, doing something else, being someone else.
Wishing you a great week. Thanks, Eric, for a wonderful book.