Last night, I was describing to a group of friends why Rubin wrote this book. I began with the quote that I cited in my earlier post, where Rubin has an existential crisis while riding on a bus. One of my friends commented that life, is indeed, just that. That is basically all there is to life, so accept it and move on. I, myself , wonder sometimes if happiness is not overrated. I've seen people spend a fortune on interior decorating, buy designer pets whose lives they have then made miserable, or leave a spouse all in the quest for happiness. People might actually be happier if they accepted the need for unhappiness. Was the quest for happiness a source of unhappiness? Do we need the dark to appreciate the light?
With this in mind, I decided to look for any comments that Carl Jung had made about happiness. I found this: "So they speak soothingly about progress and the greatest possible happiness, forgetting that happiness is itself poisoned if the measure of suffering has not been fulfilled."
With some further searching, I found that Rubin had done a post on Jung's Five Basic Factor's for Happinees: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gretchen-rubin/carl-jung-5-happiness-factors_b_784945.html
I plan on discussing one of these factors tomorrow when I discuss Rubin's attempts to see if money can buy happiness. As of now, I'm wondering whether happiness is overrated and must you be miserable to realize when you are happy? Please comment.