My dad once asked me which I preferred, an exciting life or a quiet, peaceful life. I had no trouble in answering that I preferred a quiet, peaceful life.
Not everyone sees “excitement” as a negative experience, but if it includes the emotions of fear or anger, I see it as bad for one’s health. I don’t think we need to have these emotions and that the less we feel them the happier our lives will be.
I believe we can get used to feeling angry and afraid. We can get so used to them that they feel “normal.” They are bad for us, though, and the less we have them the healthier and happier we will be.
Peace and quiet are all I need. My stimulation comes from a variety of directions, like waking up to no sounds except birds, holding a baby, looking at stars in a clear sky, writing, trying new recipes, tending the garden, reading a good book, listening to music, talking with friends. None of these things causes me to feel afraid or angry. Happiness to me is to have more peaceful experiences and fewer “exciting” ones.
I believe that happiness is good for us. I have been trying to find ways of reducing the “excitement” in my life and filling it with the happiness that comes from quietly and peacefully working and playing and living.
I wish everyone a peaceful life.