How to Tell… is your life happy or interesting?

I was having a fascinating discussion at BlissDom with Esther and Brené about Penelope’s post on happy versus interesting. Penelope’s conclusion is that “people need to choose between an interesting life and a happy life.”

And it got me to thinking… are these two concepts really diametrically opposed — at two ends of a spectrum?

I think I’m pretty happy. And I think I have a pretty interesting life. I’m almost certain that most people who know me would agree with BOTH those statements. What do you think, Zen Mommy? (Is it because I used the word “pretty” three times?)

Is it that your life can’t be interesting and happy in the exact same moment? Okay, so when I was interestingly transplanting my existence from one side of the world to the other at age 13, was I unhappy? No. I was happy. Or when I uninterestingly choose to do NOTHING and not leave my room for four days in a row, am I unhappy? No, I’m really good with that too.

Am I for real?!

Honestly, part of my definition of happiness includes interesting. According to Gallup’s Strengths Finder, I have Input, Learner and Maximizer in my Strengths profile, which means that not only do I want to continuously learn and improve but that I focus on stimulating personal and group excellence. Penelope links happy with complacency. I link happy with interesting… #interesting

So just from my poll of one… that being my own personal experience, I have to call shenanigans on her conclusion. You? Must YOU choose between happy and interesting? Or can you be both?

p.s. According to Penelope, I’m suspiciously well-balanced. :)

Comments

  1. I think if life is only happy we wont feel it. It depends on the person, too. Different people are finding happiness with different things.

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  2. Always can get both and I believe that happiness can be quite interesting and related.

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  3. My definition too, I find happiness in action. It works very well when it is difficult.

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  4. Suzanne tucker says:

    I like your comment Amanda.

    For me, happiness comes from being with what is. Not in a passive, complacent way, but in a Carpe diem sort of sense!!! If you ask me, one CAN be happy (fully present) within an interesting moment of life—- Fooo-shooo!!! It’s when I fight life or the moment that I’m less than happy. My life could be way interesting, but if I’m not there in my body present to all it’s awesome-ness, where does that leave me?

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  5. If my kids and my family is happy and healthy, I am happy. I think I have reach this moment of time when other people are more important than me.

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  6. Both are interlinked for most people, but for sure different people are finding happiness in different things. For me my kids are everything for me.

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