DP 018: Bertrand Russell on Happiness
The Conquest of Happiness (3)
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According to Bertrand Russell, one of the main ingredients of a happy life is what he calls a “friendly interest in things”:
“The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.”
This way of approaching the world will lead to a life of “zest,” as he calls it: it will enable us to approach situations with genuine interest, and thus will make us able to derive pleasure from engaging with the world…
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