“My parents certainly wanted me to be happy, and my grandparents wanted my parents to be happy too. What seems to have changed in recent years, though, is the way we think about and define happiness, both for our children and for ourselves.
Nowadays, it’s not enough to be happy—if you can be even happier. The American Dream and the pursuit of happiness have morphed from a quest for general contentment to the idea that you must be happy at all times and in every way.”
— Lori Gottlieb, in an amazing article on parents, kids, and happiness from my favorite magazine. The entire article is worth your time.
In our shallow, current definition of the word, happiness can’t be the end we are seeking.