Happiness: An Outcome of Personal Effort

American author Elizabeth Gilbert wrote in her “cutesy” memoir Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia,

Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.

The memoir chronicles Gilbert’s voyage of discovery around the world after her divorce. The book remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for 187 weeks and was made into a movie starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem in 2010

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