What makes you happy? Undoubtedly, there would be numerous and varied answers to this question. Aristotle said, “One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly, one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.” Let’s talk about what it means to be happy.
What you’ll hear in this episode:
After big weekend celebrations for my daughter’s graduation and birthday, I am exhausted!
Rest and balance are essential, which is one of the themes of Aristotle’s work, the Nicomachean Ethics, from which the above quote is taken
Everyone wants to be happy, but the extremes of life bring much unhappiness
Being kind to your body with rest brings happiness
Times of insane busy-ness have to be balanced with times of rest
It’s OK to plan in times for rest and relaxation
Aristotle advocated principles of moderation and balance, not pushing too far in either direction
What are the things and who are the people who take your energy from you? (these might be “EGR” people—”extra grace required”)
Identify the activities that cost you the most energy each day: “What you give your energy to, you’re giving your life to.”
Are you pursuing happiness? (which is not necessarily the same as FUN)
This summer, can you allow the time to slow down?“Live life. Don’t just push through it like a machine.”
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