This post is part of the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant series.
Today, I am reading Learning Happiness section of the HAPPINESS chapter from the book, The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness written by Author, Jack Butcher.
Getting rich is not just about luck; happiness is not just a trait we are born with. These aspirations may seem out of reach, but building wealth and being happy are skills we can learn.
So what are these skills, and how do we learn them? What are the principles that should guide our efforts? What does progress really look like?
The Book The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness is a collection of Naval’s wisdom and experience from the last ten years, shared as a curation of his most insightful interviews and poignant reflections.
Yesterday, I finished reading Learn To Love To Read section from the Wealth: How to get rich without getting lucky chapter.
The three big ones in life are wealth, health, and happiness. We pursue them in that order, but their importance is reverse.
Don’t take yourself so seriously. You’re just a monkey with a plan.
Happiness Is Learned
Maybe happiness is not something you inherit or even choose, but a highly personal skill that can be learned, like fitness or nutrition.
For some people, happiness is a flow state. For some people, it’s satisfaction. For some people, it’s a feeling of contentment.
Happiness to me is mainly not suffering, not desiring, not overthinking about the future or the past, really embracing the present moment and the reality of what is, and the way it is.
Nature has no concept of happiness or unhappiness. Nature follows unbroken mathematical laws and a chain of cause and effect from the Big Bang to now.
Everything is perfect exactly the way it is. Only in our particular minds are we unhappy or not happy, and things are perfect or imperfect because of what we desire.
No external forces are affecting your emotions—as much as it may feel that way.
- Today, I believe happiness is really a default state. Happiness is there when you remove the sense of something missing in your life.
If you ever want to have peace in your life, you have to move beyond good and evil.
Happiness is what’s there when you remove the sense that something is missing in your life.
That’s it for today. Tomorrow, we will read the Happiness is a choice. section from the HAPPINESS chapter from this great book.
Author(s): Eric Jorgenson
Part 17 of 33 in the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant book series.