Happiness

Fill It Wisely, Fill It With Love Stories

by David King on February 14, 2013

Do we all want the same things?

I’m 31 years old, and I’m not sure of everything I want.

But I am sure of some things…

I want adventure. When I was young, I wanted to be a paleontologist, an astronomer, and a zoologist all in the span of five or six years. My nights were spent dreaming of space, and my days were spent sketching dinosaurs and building sewers out of cardboard for my Ninja Turtle action figures. Today, adventure is dreamed up a little differently, as something closer to seeing the world. Ideally, I would save it, if such an adventure were possible.

I want stability. The most stable time in my life was when my parents were together and I never knew of loss. I remember feeling this extreme sense of sadness and grief over the mere … Keep Reading Here

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Remnants Heard

by David King on January 30, 2013

In my time spent as an actual adult (which has really only been about a third of my life), my perspective on time has experienced a remarkable shift. Days are no longer only escapist opportunities for future wonderment and anticipation. While some distortion of this remains, days are also opportunities for deep reflection and reminiscence – the stuff born of more mature realities. The stuff that regrets are made of, if you have dared to digress.

I don’t know what to do with it all, really. After five big moves in five years, a lot of loss, and a few heartaches to wear on my sleeve, I feel surrounded by it. The residue is thick, and the remnants plentiful. I look around my place, and it’s right there, in everything I see. It’s in both new and old, both bought … Keep Reading Here

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Living in Change, and in Truth

by David King on December 6, 2012

Mahatma Gandhi was famously quoted as saying, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” But we have a love-hate relationship with change, us humans. We try our damnedest to embrace it, to go with the flow. Yet on a very fundamental level, perhaps evolutionary and definitely mechanistic and instinctual, we despise the thing. We try to avoid it at every turn (which is ironic in itself, since turning is an act which necessitates a change in perspective), especially when things are going well, or even (dreadfully) when things are just good enough.

Rationally, of course, I could imagine a world without change and it would be all too boring and horrible: No one would really learn, because there would be nothing new to learn from. People would never progress, or invent anything, or determine solutions to … Keep Reading Here

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What is Happiness?

by David King on July 22, 2009

Happiness is a tricky word…and an even trickier idea.

We all strive for it, and many of us claim to have found it. But it seems to me that many speak of happiness in a way that simply contrasts the concept with sadness or discontent.

Is this how happiness is conceptualized? As one end of a dichotomy? Are we automatically happy if we are not sad? If this seems too simple, then what do we do when happiness is conceived as a continuous scale, on which individuals can range from somewhat happy to very happy? This gets complicated, for how does one know if he/she can be HAPPIER???

As a universal human ideal, happiness is probably the most elusive goal ever strived for, ever longed for. Do we really know what we’re looking for? In some corners of the world, … Keep Reading Here

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