World peace or World Series tickets? More cash or more kindness? I’d want all the above, thank you. But given the constraints of our familiar form of reality, I would rephrase the question to “What you really want?” Happiness is the default answer. Aristotle counseled Eudaimonia, often translated as happiness but more accurately rendered as flourishing. I want to flourish, to thrive. I want to understand, and to act upon that understanding. I want to understand that at every moment in my life I have a choice; that moments add up to a lifetime and choices add up to a life.
With gratitude to Martin Seligman, the founder and face of Positive Psychology, I want positive emotions (like pleasure and comfort), engagement or “flow” (when I am absorbed in a task, unaware of self or emotion), meaning (belonging to or serving something higher than the self), positive relationships (no person is an island), and accomplishment (achievement for its own sake).
And I want World Series tickets