We typically pursue happiness by trying to rearrange the world around us, trying to get currency to go from someone else’s possession to our own, trying to get someone else’s impression of us to go from unfavorable to favorable, and trying to get our bodies to beaches and parties. There’s nothing wrong with any of that external work, but without any self-examination, all that striving starts to feel like a treadmill. We have much greater leverage in the pursuit of happiness if we start by looking at how we interact with that world on the near end. And it’s free.
- From “This Will Never Happen Again”
by David Cain