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英语专业晨读美文-人生篇 5 The Paradox of Happiness

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[00:02.89]The Paradox1 of Happiness
[00:05.37]Do you recall a time—let's say
[00:09.33]when you were about 5 years old—
[00:10.81]what defined happiness back then?
[00:13.29]Was it getting a puppy for Christmas? Or maybe,
[00:17.29]you were a child of divorce,
[00:19.53]and all you wanted was for Mom and Dad
[00:21.09]to get back together again?
[00:22.44]Then as you got older, you were hoping
[00:24.38]that someone would ask you to the prom
[00:26.27]that would've made your day,
[00:28.17]maybe your life for the moment. During college,
[00:31.56]good grades made you happy, but it was short-lived.
[00:34.07]Because in the real world, you had to look for a job,
[00:36.77]and competition was stark2.
[00:39.01]It's an employer's world you thought.
[00:41.80]But then, you got the perfect job—
[00:44.24]now you could be happy—or could you?
[00:47.43]Life requires more than just what we want.
[00:50.22]Inevitably, one must understand to truly find “happiness”,
[00:54.58]he must make his own happiness “happen”.
[00:57.32]Sounds a bit redundant3, but truthfully,
[01:00.08]there is no set guidelines that will bring one happiness.
[01:03.02]There is no “magic wand” we can wave
[01:05.41]to bring joy into our lives.
[01:07.30]Human nature thrives on the thrill of the chase.
[01:10.33]We dream and we hope for the next big area—
[01:13.86]it is the grand adventure of living.
[01:16.13]We are hopeless creatures of comfort.
[01:18.53]We like having and accumulating things.
[01:21.68]Whether one admits to it or not, to a certain degree,
[01:24.90]we all try to “keep up with the Jones”.
[01:27.33]We work so we can pay our rents, mortgages,
[01:30.42]credit card debts, school loans, car payments...
[01:33.44]the list goes on and on. And at some point,
[01:37.30]we realize, that aside from having most of what we want,
[01:40.10]we still aren't happy. Now since we've learned to
[01:43.73]adapt to new standards which we've created for ourselves,
[01:46.46]we find that we have less time, less patience,
[01:49.93]less sleep, which equates5 to more stress,
[01:52.50]more worry and more aggravation6.
[01:54.71]So, is happiness honestly just comprised of “things”?
[01:58.85]Sometimes, we virtually read our lives for
[02:01.76]not only basic necessities, but for excessive items
[02:05.46]and services as well. We become so obsessed7
[02:08.15]with finding happiness, that we lose sight of the fact
[02:11.95]that happiness is within—always.
[02:13.44]Certainly you've heard of individuals
[02:16.85]trying to “find themselves”,
[02:18.24]or “rediscover themselves”.
[02:20.12]The reason they are attempting these innovative8 approaches
[02:22.91]is because they are seeking inner happiness.
[02:25.24]But the point has been missed:
[02:27.42]happiness is already there.
[02:29.35]Disappointments and tragedies in life will come and go,
[02:32.49]but happiness never leaves you.
[02:34.75]The human's capacity to be resilient to
[02:37.99]difficulties is unfathomable.
[02:39.75]We can lose our jobs, but be grateful for our spouses9.
[02:43.97]We can lose our homes to nature,
[02:46.33]but be thankful to be alive.
[02:48.41]Happiness is a perception of each individual.
[02:51.53]We are instincively compelled to find fault in our lives.
[02:55.78]By human nature, we begin our “fault-finding” mission
[02:59.24]the moment we're capable of free-thinking.
[03:01.30]It is then, that we lose sense of self-worth
[03:03.91]and the bigger picture of vitality10 altogether.
[03:06.71]Stuck in the patterns of the happiness paradox,
[03:10.01]we simply cannot find where our happiness has gone.
[03:13.13]It's not a matter of bargaining,
[03:15.42]it's not an issue of money or fame—
[03:17.72]instead,happiness is what you resolve to accept.
[03:21.11]If we live through optimistic hope;
[03:23.62]if we dare to dream; if we empower ourselves to fully4 live;
[03:28.14]then we have regained11 our sense of happiness.
[03:30.86]There is no in-between. There is no other replacement12.
[03:34.71]We only have one physical life to live.
[03:37.70]We have no choice but to make the most of it.
 


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1 paradox pAxys     
n.似乎矛盾却正确的说法;自相矛盾的人(物)
参考例句:
  • The story contains many levels of paradox.这个故事存在多重悖论。
  • The paradox is that Japan does need serious education reform.矛盾的地方是日本确实需要教育改革。
2 stark lGszd     
adj.荒凉的;严酷的;完全的;adv.完全地
参考例句:
  • The young man is faced with a stark choice.这位年轻人面临严峻的抉择。
  • He gave a stark denial to the rumor.他对谣言加以完全的否认。
3 redundant Tt2yO     
adj.多余的,过剩的;(食物)丰富的;被解雇的
参考例句:
  • There are too many redundant words in this book.这本书里多余的词太多。
  • Nearly all the redundant worker have been absorbed into other departments.几乎所有冗员,都已调往其他部门任职。
4 fully Gfuzd     
adv.完全地,全部地,彻底地;充分地
参考例句:
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
5 equates 7b5a7f0640b2cedfd39d5d5473d911d4     
v.认为某事物(与另一事物)相等或相仿( equate的第三人称单数 );相当于;等于;把(一事物) 和(另一事物)等同看待
参考例句:
  • He equates success with material wealth. 他认为成功等同于物质财富。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • This equates to increased and vigor, better sleep and sharper mental acuity. 也就是说可以起到增强活力,改善睡眠,提高心智的作用。 来自互联网
6 aggravation PKYyD     
n.烦恼,恼火
参考例句:
  • She stirred in aggravation as she said this. 她说这句话,激动得过分。
  • Can't stand the aggravation, all day I get aggravation. You know how it is." 我整天都碰到令人发火的事,你可想而知这是什么滋味。” 来自教父部分
7 obsessed 66a4be1417f7cf074208a6d81c8f3384     
adj.心神不宁的,鬼迷心窍的,沉迷的
参考例句:
  • He's obsessed by computers. 他迷上了电脑。
  • The fear of death obsessed him throughout his old life. 他晚年一直受着死亡恐惧的困扰。
8 innovative D6Vxq     
adj.革新的,新颖的,富有革新精神的
参考例句:
  • Discover an innovative way of marketing.发现一个创新的营销方式。
  • He was one of the most creative and innovative engineers of his generation.他是他那代人当中最富创造性与革新精神的工程师之一。
9 spouses 3fbe4097e124d44af1bc18e63e898b65     
n.配偶,夫或妻( spouse的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • Jobs are available for spouses on campus and in the community. 校园里和社区里有配偶可做的工作。 来自辞典例句
  • An astonishing number of spouses-most particularly in the upper-income brackets-have no close notion of their husbands'paychecks. 相当大一部分妇女——特别在高收入阶层——并不很了解他们丈夫的薪金。 来自辞典例句
10 vitality lhAw8     
n.活力,生命力,效力
参考例句:
  • He came back from his holiday bursting with vitality and good health.他度假归来之后,身强体壮,充满活力。
  • He is an ambitious young man full of enthusiasm and vitality.他是个充满热情与活力的有远大抱负的青年。
11 regained 51ada49e953b830c8bd8fddd6bcd03aa     
复得( regain的过去式和过去分词 ); 赢回; 重回; 复至某地
参考例句:
  • The majority of the people in the world have regained their liberty. 世界上大多数人已重获自由。
  • She hesitated briefly but quickly regained her poise. 她犹豫片刻,但很快恢复了镇静。
12 replacement UVxxM     
n.取代,替换,交换;替代品,代用品
参考例句:
  • We are hard put to find a replacement for our assistant.我们很难找到一个人来代替我们的助手。
  • They put all the students through the replacement examination.他们让所有的学生参加分班考试。
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