Quote of the Day: William Butler Yeats
“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing” (William Butler Yeats).”
Today I thought I would focus my quote of the day around happiness. I thought Yeats made an interesting observation. He says we are happy when we are growing, but does not specify what type of growth. In my opinion, I think he means when we gain experience, and learn more about ourselves, we can become happier. For example, I learned that by setting goals for yourself and making personal deadlines it will make workload easier. I used to be a procrastinator and leave all my work to the last-minute. I will admit, I still procrastinate from time to time, but I have better control over my actions. I will start my homework on Saturday instead of leaving it until Sunday night and make myself start larger projects in advance. Because of my new-found discipline, I am less stressed, get better sleep and have more time to do activities I enjoy. I am beginning to have a new and better mindset therefore making me a happier person. There are many examples of how people can grow, but my new outlook on organization has made me extremely happy. What has made you happy recently?
What do you think Yeats meant by “growing”? How do you personally define happiness?
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