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The Essentials to Happiness
Teens -- 1611
    世界上虽然没有绝对的幸福,却有不肯快乐的心。很多时候,我们心中会装着太多的东西,“幸福”根本挤不进来。在日常生活中,你有没有常常感觉到不幸福?你会不会因为别人拥有的东西比你多就感到不幸福?怎样才可以感到幸福呢?老套地说一句,简单就是幸福。用简单的眼光看待事情,用简单的心与人交往,你会发现,幸福的选择权真的就在我们手中。赶紧使出你的“洪荒之力”去推开幸福的大门吧!

 

The Essentials to Happiness

推开幸福的大门

by Alexandra Shuman

翻译:浅由 吴雨奇

文字难度:2

 

 

As a child, I was generally happy, singing and dancing to my favorite songs, smiling and laughing with my friends and family. But as far back as second grade, I noticed a “darkness” about me. I didn’t enjoy engaging in many things. I didn’t 1)relate to my peers in 2)elementary school because they appeared so happy, and I didn’t have that ability to achieve happiness so easily.

In middle school things in my life began to get even worse. I began 3)withdrawing from everything I once enjoyed—swimming, tennis, family. I hated going to sleep knowing I had to wake up to another day. I was always tired. Everything was horrible. Finally, 4)midway through eighth grade, I was told I had a chemical 5)imbalance, 6)diagnosed with 7)clinical depression, and put on 8)medication. It took months for me to feel the effects of the medication.

When I began to feel happy again is when I realized that I had to take the responsibility for getting better myself, rather than relying on medication and 9)therapy alone. Aristotle1 said, “To live happily is an 10)inward power of the soul,” and I believe that this 11)quote 12)describes what I had to do to achieve happiness. Happiness is a journey. Everyone seems to need different things to be happy. But I believe people are blinded from what truly makes one happy.

Growing up, we’re encouraged to be successful in life, but how is success 13)defined? Success and happiness are imagined now as having a lot of money. It is so untrue. Recently I went to Costa Rica2 and visited the small town of El Roble3. I spent the day with a nine-year-old girl named Marilyn. She took me to her house to meet her parents. It was obvious that they were not rich, living in a small house with seven children. The house was 14)cluttered but full of life. Those who have decided that success and happiness come from having money and a big house would be 15)appalled at how 16)utterly happy this family from El Roble is. People say that seeing things simply makes you appreciate what you have, but for me, it made me envy them for being so happy without all the things I have.

“The essentials to happiness are something to love, something to do, and something to hope for,” a quote from William Blake4 sums up what I believe people need to realize to be truly happy in life. People need love; I feel they need their family and their friends more than anything in the world. People need work to do, something to make them feel they are making a difference in the world. People need to know that more good is to come in the future, so they continue to live for “now” instead of 17)constantly worrying about the bad that could come. And most importantly, people need to know that happiness is not something that happens 18)overnight. Love and hope are happiness.

 

小时候,我一直都感到很幸福,唱着歌、随着我最爱的歌曲跳舞,和我的家人朋友们一起开怀大笑。但在二年级时,我注意到了自己“阴郁”的一面,很多活动我都不喜欢参与。读小学时,我跟我的小伙伴们一点儿都不亲近,因为他们看上去是如此快乐,我却不具备那种轻易就高兴起来的能力。

上中学时,问题变得更严重了。我开始不喜欢自己曾经热爱的人和事—游泳、打网球和家人。我讨厌怀着那种知道第二天要醒来的心情入睡。我常常感到疲惫。一切都是那么糟糕。最后,在八年级的学年中期,我被告知由于体内化学物质的不平衡,自己患上了临床抑郁症,并开始了药物治疗。我吃了几个月的药,才开始感觉到它起了作用。

当我意识到必须要为自己好起来负起责任,而不能仅仅依赖药物和心理治疗的时候,我开始重新快乐起来了。亚里士多德说过:“快乐地生活,是一种灵魂深处的力量。”我认为这句话概括出了我要追求幸福就必须做到的事。幸福是一段旅程,每个人对幸福的认知都是不同的。但我认为,人们对于真正能使他们感到幸福的东西是视而不见的。

在成长的过程中,人们常告诉我们要在自己的人生中获得成功,但我们该如何定义成功呢?如今,成功和幸福的定义往往等同于拥有很多财富。这可大错特错。最近,我去了一趟哥斯达黎加的埃尔罗夫莱小镇。我和一个名叫玛丽琳的九岁女孩度过了一天的时光,她带我到她家去见她父母。很显然,他们并不富裕,七个孩子生活在一座小房子里。房子拥挤、杂乱,却充满了生活的气息。那些坚信成功和幸福源于金钱和豪宅的人,倘若看到埃尔罗夫莱的这家人这般幸福,肯定会惊讶不已。人们说简单地看待事情会让你感恩自己所拥有的,但对我来说,我很羡慕他们即便没有我所拥有的一切,仍是如此幸福。

威廉·布莱克说过:“幸福的本质就是—有所爱,有所为,有所希冀。”这句话概括了我的看法,即人们必须要认识到此话的真谛,才会在生活中获得真正的幸福。人们需要爱;我认为在世上,人们最需要自己的家人和朋友。人们需要去工作,这会令他们觉得为世界做出了贡献。人们需要相信更好的未来在前头,才能继续活在“当下”,而不是不断地担心会有糟糕的事在后头。最重要的是,人们需要明白,幸福不是突然降临的。爱与希望就是幸福。

 

1亚里士多德(Aristotle),世界古代史上伟大的哲学家、科学家和教育家。

2哥斯达黎加(Costa Rica),拉丁美洲的一个共和国,是世界上第一个不

设军队的国家。

3埃尔罗夫莱(El Roble),哥斯达黎加的一个城镇。

4威廉·布莱克(William Blake),英国文学史上最重要的伟大诗人之一。

主要诗集有《纯真之歌》《经验之歌》等。

 

 

 

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