High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

The Trivial Pursuit of Happiness
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The Trivial Pursuit of Happiness

(Filip Matthijs) The Low Countries - 2009, № 17, pp. 93-101

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A 'tour d'horizon' of well-being and happiness in the Low Countries. Welfare may be a subject of ongoing concern, happiness should not. Happiness exists precisely by grace of the imperfection of our existence, in which we are, at best, caught between uncomfortable contentment and more-or-less comfortable discontent. Or, as Maurice Maeterlinck, the only Belgian ever to be so fortunate as to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, put it: ‘Being happy means that you no longer worry about happiness.'

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