Driving home this evening, listening to NPR describe “Why We’re Happy Being Sad,” I could not help but reflect on the concept of unambiguous happiness.
I am arguably obsessed with understanding happiness. After all, my book is titled Expecting Happiness, the Happiness Project inspired me to start writing, and I have been chasing happiness in one form or another since childhood. Many of us have, right?
That’s the thing. Chasing happiness makes it sound unattainable, which is untrue. I just think NPR touches on something real. Most of us have a complex type of happiness. In fact, I can’t think of anyone I know personally who doesn’t.
Maybe that’s the secret, stop chasing unambiguous happiness.
Putting it on my list of things to do.
For now, a little more ambiguously (un)happy music. I have a thing for songs where people shout “Hey” this week, be warned.
And, I have a soft spot for these bookstore-recorded, rawly emotional gems, (probably because they were recorded in a bookstore…):