Is the Pursuit of Happiness All It's Cracked Up To Be?
(It May Not Be For Many People.)
Heading toward the East Coast on a breezy and fragrant morning in May, I was ready for my long-awaited spring sail on the Chesapeake. I was driving across the Appalachian Mountains somewhere in West Virginia and found myself pondering a question I’d received only a few days earlier instead of my upcoming adventure. It was a question about happiness, or more specifically the lack thereof in someone’s life. While many questions I receive are comparatively simple to answer, happiness is different because of the ever-present entanglements between what we believe it to be and the endless contradictory messages we encounter in day-to-day life and living that challenge those understandings. Our perceptions about happiness are shaped and challenged by what we believe it to be and how our life experiences cause those existing beliefs to be mistrusted. Happiness is indeed a fickle and dangerously malleable thing that is all too often the cooperative victim of our own manipulation and uncertainty.