The different perspectives of happiness

The different perspectives of happiness

Over the last few days I've had a bit of an epiphany! I've always understood that perspective is important for happiness but I've come to understand this in a different way. 

For quite some time now I've known that perspective can helpfully work against catastrohising (making mountains out of molehills); it can allow one to see something as "not quite so bad" and accordingly, perspective can boost happiness via the reduction of distress. 

This is still very much the case but in addition, I've just realised that two different types of perspective can help with happiness in two different ways…

  • when stuck in the middle of a crisis, taking a long term perspective can help 

  • when worrying about the future, adopting a perspective that appreciates the importance of the here and now can help just as much, but in quite a different way

So ultimately, our goal should be to think flexibly and to adopt different perspectives at different times; because the paths that will lead us to happiness will vary from person to person and from day to day and accordingly, flexible perspectives allow us to utiilse what's most useful for us in any given context. 

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