“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity”. ~ Carl Gustav Jung
Good point, and very well put Carl! Nobody wants to be constantly unhappy, but on the other hand, is it realistic to always be happy?
For the past 30 years or more I’ve had an interest in Jung and his philosophies and I’ve studied a number of his published works.
During one of the interviews in the book, C.G. Jung Speaking, a journalist asked Jung, “What do you consider to be more or less basic factors making for happiness in the human mind?”
In response, Jung set out the following five elements:
- Good physical and mental health.
- Good personal and intimate relationships, such as those of marriage, the family, and friendships.
- The faculty for perceiving beauty in art and nature.
- Reasonable standards of living and satisfactory work.
- A philosophic or religious point of view capable of coping successfully with the vicissitudes of life.
But, he also added the following caveat:
“All factors which are generally assumed to make for happiness can, under certain circumstances, produce the contrary. No matter how ideal your situation may be, it does not necessarily guarantee happiness.”
The big thing I take away from Jung’s words is, the more mindful I am about happiness and the more I work to increase my self-awareness, the easier it is for me to become happier.
Also, by considering the above five elements prescribed by Jung; by making sure that I actively seek to boost those elements of my life, I believe I am apt to be a happier soul.