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幸福是复杂多样的

2014-12-25 14:02   类别:语法   来源:   责编:Estelle



  武汉美联英语:幸福是复杂多样的

  我喜欢开车的刺激。一天,我停下来,让一辆学校班车拐到路边。那个司机咧嘴一笑,会意地竖起大拇指。我们都是这个世界上的飙车一族,这让我很高兴。

  我们都有过类似的经历,但很少有人能意识到这就是幸福。

  Psychologists tell us that to be happy we need a blend of enjoyable leisure time and satisfying work. I doubt that my great-grandmother, who raised 14 children and took in washing, had much of either. She did have a network of close friends and family, and maybe this is what fulfilled her. If she was happy with what she had, perhaps it was because she didn’t expect life to be very different.

  心理学家告诉我们,幸福既需要愉快的休闲时间,也需要满意的工作。我的曾祖母让我很疑惑,她养育了14个孩子,还要给别人洗衣服,做其他一些家务杂活。但她有一个亲密的朋友和和睦的家。或许,这已使她很满足了。如果说她因自己拥有的一切感到幸福,或许是因为她并不希望生活是另一番样子吧。

  We, on the other hand, with so many choices and such pressure to succeed in every area, have turned happiness into one more thing we “gotta have”. We’re so self-conscious about our “right” to it that it’s making us miserable. So we chase it and equate it with wealth and success, without noticing that the people who have those things aren’t necessarily happier.

  另一方面,我们因为有太多的选择及想在各个领域成功的压力,让我们把幸福变成“必须得到”的一种东西。我们自私地以为我们有“权”得到它,这也是我们痛苦的根源。所以我们去追求幸福,并将它同财富和成功联系起来,而没有意识到拥有它的人并不一定更幸福。

  While happiness may be more complex for us, the solution is the same as ever. Happiness isn’t about what happens to us---it’s about how we perceive what happens to us. It’s the knack of finding a positive for every negative, and viewing a setback as a challenge. It’s not wishing for what we don’t have, but enjoying what we do possess.

  对我们来说,幸福是复杂多样的,但获得幸福的方式却相同。幸福不是发生在我们周围的事———而是我们如何去看待周围发生的事。这是变不利为有利,化挫折为激励的秘诀,幸福并非是乞求我们未得到的,而是享受我们此刻所拥有的一切。

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