Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Pursuit of Happiness

No other country has a constitutional guarantee about Happiness.

Martin Seligman describes flourishing as what you choose to do when you are not oppressed.

Because we are such good students of family, culture and social rules - even if those ideas do not serve us - we hold on to limiting beliefs (internalized oppression).

What would we choose to do if we cast off all the unhelpful thoughts we were taught?

Formal structures like laws have changed (right to vote for Black men and then 50 years later, right to vote for all women; civil rights legislation, etc.) but their traces remain in the restrictions we impose on ourselves.

What do you choose to do now?

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