Happiness quotient

Lili Wilkinson quoted someone who said that libraries** are happiness engines, in that they provide:

1. Satisfying work to do

2. The experience of being good at something
3. Time spent with people we like
4. The chance to be part of something bigger than yourself.

I reckon these pithily sum up what is needed for a satisfying life (although there are plenty more theories around – just try googling ‘four elements of happiness’ and see what you come up with.)

I would also add that you don’t need to get these from one source – as long as you can get each from somewhere, you’re home free. 

And for me, number five would be ‘a decent whack of lying-around-reading holidays.’

Any other ideas on the essential elements of happiness?

** All hail libraries and librarians!

One thought on “Happiness quotient

  1. Anonymous

    Happy ness

    Yep. Reading is definitely up there.

    Going without stories is to the mind as going without water is to the body.




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