When happiness is threatened …
This post might be just a little bit too left-field. But it’s worth a shot. It’s worth seeing whether it resonates or – to use a current buzzword from work – ‘chimes’ with anyone.
I’ve spent the last ten days or so thinking about happiness and the pursuit of happiness. This has been in part because of the brilliant weekend I spent up in Newcastle, seeing how radio producers work, how radio presenters speak, how lecturers write and how audiences interact. The process has – as you might expect – been an incredibly enriching process.
You might even say it’s made me ‘happy’. I’ve ended up feeling like I’ve grown to fill the space I want to occupy. It’s as though the process of listening and responding has helped me fulfill my potential. It’s a process which promotes good feeling. That. Is Important.
So, given that backdrop – a surprisingly positive one, now I come to read it back – you might think it surprising I’m feeling a bit blue in the video below. You shouldn’t worry. What you see is pretty normal for me, as it happens. This is the “half-past ten” thought process in action. What’s unfortunate is that this was recorded at half past seven.
Hey ho. No matter. What I’m really interested in here is what happens, how we react and how we manage those moments when we feel as though the happiness we’ve acquired is at risk. Do we roll over and say “Yeah, whatever, happiness is cyclical – accept it.” Or do we embark on a way of protecting ourselves? Do we protest like the students outside Millbank this afternoon? And if we protest, what is the best to do rail against that perceived injustice?