7 Happiness Theories Debunked

Thu, Dec 15, 2011

Articles, Happiness

I just read a great blog post by Gretchen Rubin that I simply had to share with you. In it, Gretchen discusses why she doesn’t agree with some happiness quotes offered by some of the most notable Happiness theorists of all time. It’s a brave undertaking, because she is forthrightly rebutting the masters of their field, but I think she makes some very good points!

For me, the most notable contradiction is in this quote by Vauven:

“There are men who are happy without knowing it.”

Gretchen heartily disagrees. Her Fourth Splendid Truth is “I’m not happy unless I think I’m happy.” Or as Eugene Delacroix wrote, “He was like a man owning a piece of ground in which, unknown to himself, a treasure lay buried. You would not call such a man rich, neither would I call happy the man who is so without realizing it.”

Check out the rest of the article here and let me know what you think! Do you agree with Gretchen? Or do you think the masters had it right all along?

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