I’ve just started to read what looks like it could be an interesting book, Happiness by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener. In the opening pages they talk about happiness being a journey rather than an achievement.
However what most caught my attention was a question they asked in it, which I thought was such a great way of clarifying the point that I thought I should share it with you and it might provide a good basis for a discussion. Here it is;
A hypothetical Genie appears out of the blue and offers you the chance to have every wish granted immediately you wished it. However you cannot wish for abstract things like happiness or love. Nor can you wish to work for them or to end the arrangement. It’s just a straightforward one time offer, you want a thing and get it. Gold, cars, physical beauty, anything you want.
The question is will you take the Genie up on his (or lest anyone think I’m sexist) her offer?
Or is the struggle and striving the critical ingredient for happiness?
Share your reasoning in the comments below;
As I’m reading the comments it seems that many people are working on the assumption that you get one wish. Reading what I’ve written I can see this comes because I confused things by saying it was a one time offer. Let me clarify this statement.
The offer is that you get unlimited wishes. However if you take the Genie up on her (his) offer, there’s no chance of cancelling.
In other words you will get everything you wish for, immediately and can never work for anything.