A self-help tip from GBS …

9 Jan

GBS

‘The way to have a happy life is to be too busy doing what you like all the time, having no time left to you to consider whether you are happy or not.’ This practical piece of advice from Bernard Shaw echoes much of the guidance which is nowadays offered by self-help gurus. He passed it on to us in a BBC film made at his home in Ayot St.Lawrence in 1946 , to celebrate his 90th birthday.  

Some of Shaw’s plays make it clear that he was mistrustful of the whole idea of  pursuing happiness (see this blog, 14 May 2015), and what he says here certainly makes a lot of sense. I’m not sure that it would work all that well if you were too depressed to keep busy. But it does occur to me from time to time that writing a blog about happiness is a good prescription for not worrying about it all that much. Ironically enough.

I discovered the quote, incidentally, in an excellent programme about Shaw presented by the actor Gabriel Byrne on BBC4 last night. 

 

 

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