Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.
If Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Matt Killingsworth are right, we should be paying far more attention to how we spend our time than to the stuff we accumulate. They argue that it’s not the activity we choose to do that’s important to our happiness: that turns out to have little to no effect on our state of mind.
Instead, it has everything to do with the quality of our mental focus in the moment.
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