April 26, 2013
One of the things I enjoy most about my role at Vision Coaching is receiving interesting information from colleagues that expands my thinking and understanding of the world. The challenge, of course, is finding the time but I'm always thankful when I do make time to both read...and reflect.
Angie Thompson, one of our Vision Coaches in Ontario, (read more about Angie
) has a very interesting article to share. She read Emily Esfahani Smith'
s article There's More to Life Than Being Happy
recently in The Atlantic
and it resonated with her so much that she shared it
with our team. We liked it as well so we're sharing it here, with our Fresh Ideas
readers...Is our ability to choose our attitude the ultimate freedom?
Introduction by Angie Thompson"It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness."
- Emily Esfahani Smith
We seem to pursue happiness on a daily basis. Being happy or being unhappy is the scale we measure our satisfaction with our lives. When we say we are happy it is a great feeling and a great day. When we deem ourselves unhappy it seems we are missing or lacking something.
In the article, There's More to Life Than being Happy
, Victor Frankl talks about our ability to chose our attitude at any time as the ultimate freedom. I believe his second major point of finding purpose or meaning in life is directly connected to increasing our happiness.
As coaches we support others to see the possibilities and these often lead to connections or contributions to others that we hadn't thought of before. Read the article to see if you agree.