Buying into the myth of the ‘good life’

Please note this is an excerpt from One World AtLast

There is something genuinely strange about the way we respond to the spin on things that are meant to make us happy – endless amounts of money, a diet that will produce a body to die for, a life of leisure, phenomenal success at work, skincare products that take a 50-year-old face and make it look 23, a mobile phone that will instantly improve your relationship, a spray that will eliminate all bacteria from your toilet.

We are drawn into this world like moths to a flame – that part of us that wants more in our lives, hoping that more of everything material is the magical remedy.

We fall for the spin, because despite all the evidence to the contrary – that a good life requires energy and commitment – we still hope there is an easy way out. We do this, despite the fact that we know very well that there isn’t. If we put energy into our lives, we will get output, hopefully effective. If we look for cure-alls, chances are we will be constantly disappointed, wanting more, believing in yet another magical panacea to life’s woes.

good lifePost by Fabian Dattner, Partner

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