Peach pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie. Pie breakfast is a heavenly and welcome tradition at my house. For me, happiness and pie go hand-in-hand, so when Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Hardwiring Happiness used a pie metaphor for how to let happiness land for us, I took note. Essentially, Rick Hanson promotes the idea that some pie, a slice of pie, is better than no pie at all, and I must say, the idea appeals to me.
Happiness as Pie
Let’s pretend for a moment the circumstances of life – conditions, situations, or events – are all laid out like a huge dessert buffet of fresh pies: cream pies, fruit pies, savory pies, you name it, the pie you want is there. These circumstances are things like having money, financial security and a retirement account, landing the dream career, getting the praise or validation you want at work, having children and becoming a parent, or finding the love of your life who gets you and adores you. Some people amble over to the buffet and walk away with a whole pie. However, when you head to the serving line, what is available, of the particular pie you wanted, let’s say, a romantic partner, is a single slice. Now, most of us would walk away in disgust and annoyance, muttering about the unfairness of the situation. [Read more…]