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Happiness and Satisfaction

Seven years ago, I wrote a post called "How to Be Happy. Always." It's pretty poorly written, but starts off with an important concept-- we live in a society where happiness is the number one priority. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. No one really questions that, but maybe we should. Is happiness really the best goal we can come up with?

In the time that's elapsed between when I wrote that post and now, I've thought a lot about happiness, and I still think that maximizing it is a bad idea. But before I get into that, let's talk a little bit about what happiness is.

Happiness is an good state of mind. It allows you to be optimistic, to see the good in people, and to be productive. On the other end of the spectrum, when you're very unhappy, you have a lot of barriers between things like productivity and socialization. Clearly, being happy is much better than being unhappy. It's important to be happy. Is there such a thing as being too happy? I don't think so. I've never seen someone make a mistake because he was just too happy.

So what's my problem with maximizing happiness, then? Well, it's the method, mostly.

Traveling while disabled

On Alan's Journey

One of the things I'm intending doing this year is writing more about my travels, and my experiences as a disabled person, off-road driver and traveller.

I'm not sure how many of those there are out there who fit into all those categories, but I'm sure they're out there, and I'm one of them.

I'm not disabled to the point that I can't walk, so I'm lucky and grateful for that. But I'm disabled in that I can't lift anything heavy, and I can't do a lot of bending, and I can't stand or walk for longer than a few minutes without it causing me pain.

I know, I know - "You can stand?! And WALK?! LUXURY!"

All those with a disability are unique, and I'm fully aware that my own disability is a lot less significant than many other people's disabilities. However, I'm not here to compare my disability with anyone else's, but everyone with a disability knows that they are disabled, in whatever manner that might be, and their life is impacted by that to the point that they're simply unable to share many of the same experiences in life as those who aren't disabled.

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