The Sunday Times have numerous articles today that are interesting to read but I find what Lydia Lim wrote on Happiness is not consuming but learning to thrive to contain good lessons for us.

The article shares that we often are blind ourselves to what makes us happy at work. The easiest answer to this is that if the job pays me very well then I am happy at work. I wonder how true is that.

A friend with a degree in positive psychology and who is a “psychotherapist and resilience coach” distinguishes between two ideas of happiness: hedonism and eudaimonia.

The first is defined by pleasure and consumption, the second by virtue and excellence.

If the survey mainly asked people about their salary, bonuses and other material things, he says, the likely conclusion is that they would not be happy. This is due to hedonistic adaptation, a process of …