Simple pleasures according to a French philosopher, André Comte-Sponville

andre comte-sponvilleIn an Air France magazine, I found an interesting interview with André Comte-Sponville, a French materialist, author, and philosopher. He talks about his favourite subject, what simple pleasures are. He tells us his definition of simple pleasures and where to find them. Here I summed up the interview for you. I believe that it will help you to understand better this concept and to live your daily life better in simplicity.

The philosopher finds simple pleasures in the most ordinary things – eating when he is hungry, taking a walk, gardening …

According to him, simplicity is not about having, but about being. It is existence itself and the lightest of virtues. Thus, simplicity means what’s natural; act without lie, exaggeration, and also what we are without pretending, playing a role. He defines that the opposite of simple is what is false, not what is complex. Continue reading

Aging well : What makes you live a happier life?

agingwellAging well : Study of adult development
Through the book « Aging well », George Vaillant presents his long term study on condtions for a happier life. He and his research team at Havard University have studied this subject for more than 50 years by observing 268 havard graduates, 456 non-delinquent men, and 90 gifted women. The book is easy to read and the theories are easily understandable for everyone since it reveals a sort of law of hapiness through diverse case studies.

This book does not only deals with the relationships between wealth, health and hapiness and the impact of adolescence on the future, but also with the importance of internal maturity. The book also claims that humans as social animals can live an happier life by contributing to the development of the society, communicating and sharing with others.

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How to find hapiness ? Simple pleasures

forest in meudon parisforest in meudon parisHere are some quotes from famous people on their definition of hapiness. They look for hapiness from simple pleasures, and what about you?

Most of the time beauty is merely simplicty
Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet, writer

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex
Oscar Wilde, Irish writer and poet

Hapiness is pleasure without remorse
Socrate, philosopher

I find the greatest happiness in small pleasures
Françoise Chandernagor, French writer

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistcation
Léonard de Vinci

The pleasure of water on lips is greater than that of drinking
Jean Baudrillard, French philosopher

The advantage of pleausre is that, as opposed to happiness, it actually exists
Frédéric Beigbeder, French writer

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher

We have lost contact with reality, the simplicity of life.
Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist