“Happiness Is Other People”...or so argues Ruth Whippman the author of America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks. How is that for a title? It certainly grabbed my attention. A plethora of phone apps, self help books, and inspirational quotes exist to promote happiness and wellbeing. Increasingly common is the theme that the search for contentment should be an individual pursuit, one sans other people. She cites the following advice examples:
- “Happiness is determined not by what’s happening around you but what is happening within you”; “
- Happiness should not depend on other people”; or
- “Happiness is an inside job”.