The Perfect Life;5 Myths You Need To Disengage From
13 July 2020 Blog
The world puts pressure on us daily to be ambitious; find everlasting love; look after your health—there are countless stories about how we ought to live our lives. These narratives can sometimes make us happier too, but they can also trap us and become the reason for unhappiness especially with the social media influences in today’s world
Happiness expert Paul Dolan draws on a wealth of evidence to bust the common myths about our sources of happiness and shows that there can be many unexpected paths to lasting happiness. By freeing ourselves from the myth of the perfect life, we might each find a life worth living. According to him Here are 5 myths we must disengage from
1. Stop looking for the one
Think back on your bedtime stories as a child and I bet these words are lodged somewhere in your brain: ‘…and they fell in love, got married, and lived happily ever after.’ These imagined happy endings stick with us as adults. An overwhelming majority of us report considering marriage as part of our ideal lifestyle and we often project this preference on to others too. An unmarried forty-year-old is ‘unlucky’ or has yet to meet ‘the one’: as if being married is good but may not be something for all of us.
2. Stop worrying about money
It has been credited with making the world go round on the one hand, and being the root of all evil on the other. The truth is that money can be whatever we want it to be, depending on how we use and abuse it. Money allows us to organize and collaborate on the trade of goods and services on a global scale. If it disappeared tomorrow, the majority of societies around the world would crumble. Without money in our pockets and bank accounts, each of us would be in real danger of going without food and shelter. And yet money does not have inherent value in itself: it is only ever an instrument for satisfying our wants and desires, and for pursuing happiness.
There is no time for enjoyment when you are using all of your time reaching to be rich.
3. Stop working yourself to death
As incomes rise, it seems that we pay more attention to the income foregone from not working; and so we work more to capitalize on the increased value of our time. Time is money. Moreover, paying attention to time as money has been shown to diminish the pleasure experienced from leisure activities. Little wonder, then, that daily happiness is actually lower for those on high incomes compared to those on middling ones. There is no time for enjoyment when you are using all of your time reaching to be rich.
4. Stop focusing on education
In general, happiness decreases as education increases. Those in the lowest two educational groups – a high school diploma or some further education but not yet a Bachelor’s degree – are about as happy as each other, and happier than other groups. Holders of Bachelor’s degrees are happier than those with Professional or Doctoral degrees. The holders of Professional or Doctoral degrees are the least happy.real education is in the quality of our character
5. Stop obsessing over health
Technological developments such as wearable electronics, sensory detectors and advances in mobile phone data collection are shifting the ability to track the details of our own health from the hands of healthcare providers to our own pockets. As a result, good physical health has been catapulted to the forefront of our social narratives as the onus of health-ism at the individual level is made even more salient. We have become ever more judgemental of those who do not fit the healthy ideal, either because they are unable to or because they do not value diet and fitness as highly as we feel they should… the real danger here is that we risk further glamorizing the idea that we should all be made responsible for maintaining our physical health.
I hope you find this useful,May your days be merry and your heart be glad