This post is part of the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant series.
Today, I am still 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 started reading Learning Happiness section from the HAPPINESS chapter.
Happiness Is a Choice
Happiness, love, and passion… aren’t things you find—they’re choices you make.
Happiness is a choice you make and the skill you develop.
You can literally destroy your happiness if you spend all of your time living in delusions of the future.
Happiness Requires Presence
A lot of our happiness comes from comparing things from the past to the present.
Anticipation for our vices pulls us into the future. Eliminating vices makes it easier to be present.
There’s a great definition I read: “Enlightenment is the space between your thoughts.” It means enlightenment isn’t something you achieve after thirty years sitting on a mountaintop. It’s something you can achieve moment to moment, and you can be enlightened to a certain per cent every single day.
Happiness Requires Peace
Are happiness and purpose interconnected?
Happiness is such an overloaded word, and I’m not even sure what it means. For me these days, happiness is more about peace than it is about joy. I don’t think peace and purpose go together.
You’ll notice when I say happiness, I mean peace. When many people say happiness, they mean joy or bliss, but I’ll take peace.
- The anxiety is just a series of running thoughts.
A happy person isn’t someone happy all the time. It’s someone who effortlessly interprets events in such a way that they don’t lose their innate peace.
Happiness Is a Choice. It requires you being present.
That’s it for today. Tomorrow, we will read the Every Desire Is a Chosen Unhappiness section from the HAPPINESS chapter from this great book.
Author(s): Eric Jorgenson
Part 18 of 33 in the 📖 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant book series.