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The unhappiness of action and inaction?

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UPDATED: to remove the embedded video Why are we happy?

Like many people I am lazy, this is sometimes handy as it means I will automate mundane important tasks and ignore unimportant tasks. And it’s a pattern that I’m not always happy with, even with it’s obvious advantages. I go on time management binges, spend my time creating frameworks for organizing my time, yet I often don’t get to the execution of the framework. The journey is sometimes more fun, than the goal.

This means that many handy, and even some fun things, are left in to do lists with little chance that they will be crossed off. And I’m quite happy with the situation.

This leads me to the reason I started this post: I watched Dan Gilbert’s TED video Why are we happy? and came to the question: Can I enable myself to see my inaction as a choice? And choose something different?

I may be unhappy whether I do or don’t, says Gilbert. Wondering whether I made the right choice until the end of time. It’s also impossible to see the choice as immutable as the choice can always be changed at a moments notice. And yet, as is suggested by Gilbert, the power of the mutability of decision is an illusion. Having the ability to choose will make it impossible to know whether the path chosen is the right path – even if there is no right or wrong.

This leads me to believe that the Reinhold Niebuhr quote: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. should actually read: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can change, the courage to not change the things I can, and the wisdom to make choices immutable.

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June 18, 2011 at 10:08 am

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Did you write down what made you happy today? #happy

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A charity I support invited me to a music festival I’d never heard of next week. My Goddaughter ran up to me and hugged me shouting: “My Daniel!”

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September 5, 2009 at 12:11 am

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Just Finished Reading “Chant and Be Happy” #books

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On the 30th of April, Queensday in the Netherlands, the movement organized a meeting in the Amsterdam. I was given the book Chant and Be Happy: The Power of Mantra Meditation to read by a friendly Hare Krishna who was walking by. (Although he could have been .)

With interviews with John Lennon and George Harrison it is not just an interesting book, but also a book of historical interest.

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June 27, 2009 at 3:16 pm

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