I don't know if it's a cultural thing but it seems that most people believe they have to struggle in order to achieve some sort of happiness. You know, work long hours, finish difficult projects, don't take any breaks. It seems like just about everyone has lost touch with their playful side. When I look at my children, who find wonder in the simplest of things, get lost in play, I wonder at what point did we establish that play and pleasure are not really part of the adult life? And if they are, do we look down on them as not being adult like? Is it just me? Maybe it is, but most adults seem unhappy. Everyone walks around sort of depleted and unfulfilled. This begs the question, what would we need to be happier and more at ease? Is it money, is it time? Both? Something else?
I think a lot of it starts with structured schooling. From very early on, we expect children to sit still and learn in a class room where they are to obey for 6-8 hours a day while learning abstract concepts that have little relevancy to their lives. This carries on into adulthood with most people working desk jobs where they are expected to complete tasks for 8-10 hours a day.
But how did this all start? Before the industrial revolution, things were not structured the way they are today. School essentially prepared most people for work. Ringing of the bell is after all the equivalent of clocking in. Should this way of schooling and working still be applied to today's world? Is it still relevant? Technology changed with the times but our way of schooling and working (with the exception of entrepreneurial work) has not. What would it take to change things? Give something else a shot? We may just be able to have healthier, happier people if we questioned some of the fundamental ways we do things today.