Week 2 has focused on some very specific things on being happy. One one side, common misconceptions, the things that society or culture reinforces the concept of in appeal to “happiness,” and an update to the journaling side of the course with some actions you’re supposed to begin to take in order to continue along.
That update includes two acts, savoring and gratitude. Savoring I understand innately. When I go out to eat with a partner and she takes a photo of the meal I always feel like that cheapens it into an imitation in some way. Perhaps I should embrace their willingness to bring a memento of a moment they’re savoring. Gratitude is just a good part of being mindful. Understand what is around you and why it’s there. Gratitude was one of my VIA character strengths so I feel familiar with it.
As the myths and misconceptions faded into lecture about how much money it takes to be truly happy, and what it takes to meet a persons basic needs, it upsets me what that the wealth gap is what it is. Furthermore materialism and “wanting stuff” is worse than bad for you, it’s killed the planet.