And I don’t mean the television series...
Freud found the pursuit of happiness to be a distraction from living. He felt that “it would be better to aim for something different: a type of life in which you do not need a fantasy of satisfaction in order to find being human an interesting and worthwhile experience”.
I learned this in John Gray’s The Silence of Animals, which is not a book for everyone. This requires a bit of thought, which is why the above quote caused me to think about the words of the US Constitution that “guarantee” the right to pursue happiness (left undefined). Of course, that was written long before Freund stirred up though and/or muddled human thinking. Many quote the Constitution; few have ever read Freud.
I do not recall ever consciously pursuing happiness. Mostly, I have been satisfied with my lot in life, which provides as mush “happiness” as I can handle.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.