Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Look, there's happiness!

“In America, we are entitled to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." There is no such expression in France. In fact, in France, the equivalent expression is la recherche du bonheur (looking for happiness). 

On the surface, this might seem as if I am splitting hairs, but if you really examine the idea of "looking" for happiness as opposed to "pursuing" happiness, you'll see there's actually a big difference. 

If we're looking for something, it feels as if it's there hiding in plain sight. And all we have to do is be patient and when the room is quiet, quickly lift up the tablecloth and voilà! There it is! Happiness! On the other hand, pursuing implies a kind of chasing after something. 'Looking for happiness' seems gentler. 

There is happiness and we just need to look.” 

 ― Jamie Cat Callan (Bonjour, Happiness!)

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