September 16, 2007

The flowers and the mountain peak

"The person who's happy is able to focus on the peak while enjoying the flowers." This is a quote taken from this interview with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar. He is the author of the new book Happier and the teacher of Positive Psychology at Harvard Unversity. Later in the interview he described the essence of this nice metaphor as follows: "We need to find a balance between what will work in the long term and what will provide us pleasure right now." To me that seems to be a key challenge: to find activities that are rewarding both in the long and in the short term. I have found some activities which actually seem to have this quality. They are enjoyable in the moment and have long term benefits. Reading and writing are among them. Have you found such activities too?

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