2019年11月18日 英语美文 暂无评论



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What is the definition of happiness? Is it material wealth filled with fancy cars, a dream house, extravagant furs and jewelry? Or is happiness simply having a roof over your head? Food in the fridge? Having a child? A pet? A swimming pool? A designer Gucci bag? Parents? Grandchildren? Love? Money? The perfect job? Winning the Lottery?
According to the American Heritage Dictionary,happinessis derived from the Middle English word hap—meaning Luck. But does happiness really have anything to do with luck? We could assume that if you avoided a fatal traffic accident but got fired by coming late to work, would you be filled with happiness?? Is it luck or what do you make of it? Maybe,happinessis exactly defined by its indirect alias: happiness—perhaps, happiness is in fact defined by the fortune that we permit to happen.
Do you recall a time—lets say when you were about 5 years old—what defined happiness back then? Was it getting a puppy for Christmas? Or maybe, you were a child of divorce; and all you wanted was for Mom and Dad to get back together again? Then as you got older, you were hoping that someone would ask you to the prom that wouldve made your day, maybe your life for the moment. During college, good grades made you happy, but it was shortlived. Because in the real world, you had to look for a job, and competition was stark. Its an employers world you thought. But then, you got the perfect job now you could be happy or could you?
Life requires more than just what we want. Inevitably, one must understand that to truly find happiness, he must make his own happiness happen. Sounds a bit redundant, but truthfully, there is no set guidelines that will bring one happiness. There is no magic wand we can wave to bring joy into our lives. Human nature thrives on the thrill of the chase. We dream and we hope for the next big Brea—it is the grand adventure of living.
We are hopeless creatures of comfort. We like having and accumulating things. Whether one admits to it or not, to a certain degree, we all try to keep up with the Jones. We work so we can pay our rents, mortgages, credit card debts, school loans, car payments...the list goes on and on. And at some point, we realize, that aside from having most of what we want, we still arent happy. Now since weve learned to adapt to new standards which weve created for ourselves, we find that we have less time, less patience, less sleep, which equates to more stress, more worry and more aggravation. So, is happiness honestly just comprised of things?
Sometimes, we virtually pay our lives for not only basic necessities, but for excessive items and services as well. We become so obsessed with finding happiness, that we lose sight of the fact that happiness is within—always. Certainly youve heard of individuals trying to find themselves, or rediscover themselves. The reason they are attempting these innovative approaches is because they are seeking inner happiness. But the point has been missed: Happiness is already there.
Disappointments and tragedies in life will come and go, but happiness never leaves you. The humans capacity to be resilient to redials is unfathomable. We can lose our jobs, but be grateful for our spouses. We can lose our homes to nature, but be thankful to alive.
Happiness is a perception of each individual. We are instinctively compelled to find fault in our lives. By human nature, we begin our faultfinding mission the moment were capable of freethinking. It is then, that we lose sense of selfworth and the bigger picture of vitality altogether. Stuck in the patterns of the happiness paradox, we simply cannot find where our happiness has gone.
Its not a matter of bargaining, its not an issue of money or fame—instead, happiness is what you resolve to accept. If we live through optimistic hope; if we dare to dream; if we empower ourselves to fully live; then we have regained our sense of happiness, There is no in between. There is no other replacement. We only have one physical life to live—we have no choice but to make the most of it.
幸福是你决定去接受的东西,没有任何商量的余地,它于金钱或名誉毫无瓜葛。只要我们活在乐观希望之中,敢于大胆梦想,活得简单纯粹,那么,我们就会重新拥有幸福的感觉。那种感觉并非悬于幸于不幸之间的真空地带,也无任何替代品。我们只能活一次——除了好好活着,我们别无选择。 内容来自美文网