A friend of mine graduated from college last year with a degree in business administration. His dream was to major in engineering and pursue a career in designing high-tech electronics. But his father, the owner of a bakery chain franchise, convinced him a business degree was a more realistic and sensible decision.
My friend now manages his father’s business. He makes good money and drives an expensive car. He made the “sensible” decision. The problem is he gets no satisfaction or any sense of fulfillment from his occupation. He confided to me that he hates the company and only does it for the money. Pleasing his father also plays a big role, I would guess. Joseph Campbell, the brilliant mythologist and author, would say that my friend failed to “follow his bliss.”
In the 1988 PBS documentary, The Power of Myth, as well as in the book of the same title, Campbell relates the following story: [click to continue…]
The concept of happiness is a subject that endlessly engrosses me and is often the subject of Hipster Monk posts. Humans strive for happiness. People ask: What does it take to live a happy life? Money? Success? Sex? Family? Faith? Is there some secret that no one is telling me?
I don’t have the ultimate prescription for true happiness. I’m pretty sure there isn’t one. But what I do know is that happiness won’t be found in any of the thousands of self-help books taking up valuable space at the book store. In the history of publishing, I highly doubt anyone has found true and lasting happiness from a self-help book. Skip those time wasters. Instead, read about the concept of happiness.
Here are 5 recent and essential books that look at this elusive concept of happiness through the lenses of science, philosophy, history and even geography. [click to continue…]