Sometimes when searching for answers to the questions we as ourselves in life we accept the first one that makes sense to us. Stopping the search early can misdirect our beliefs and make our lives less rich. It’s “the easy way out” to think that happiness is based on events that happen to us or achieving the things we want to. “Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi really puts into perspective what it takes to be happy and this quote shows how happiness really is more complex than we think.
Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.” -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pg.2)