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Step back from the banquet

April 6, 2011

A Great Idea…

“Happy people know that it’s wise to regularly back away from life’s banquet, so that pleasure will stay novel and refreshing. Unhappy people dive headlong into pleasure and try to wring every drop of gratification from it. (Dan Baker and Cameron Stauth in their book What Happy People Know p. 62)

In Other Words…

One of the things that lead to the most happiness is the novelty of an experience. When we throw ourselves headlong at life’s banquet gobbling everything in sight, we may get stuffed and miserable; we consume more and enjoy it less. When we pause to enjoy each bite of life, we will enjoy the banquet more.

How this Applies to You…

You don’t have to seek pleasure all the time. When you also enjoy the pauses and breaks—the quiet times in life—you will actually enjoy life more. What are the pleasures that await you today? Can you enjoy both the quiet ordinary as well as the extraordinary treats that await you today?

To Find Out More…

For an excellent (and free!) program on improving your personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress at www.arfamilies.org.

For more in-depth reading we recommend What Happy People Know by Dan Baker and Cameron Stauth or Authentic Happiness by Martin E.P. Seligman.

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