I’d like to offer you two models of human development.The first is what you might call The Four Kinds of Happiness. The lowest kind of happiness is material pleasure, having nice food and clothing and a nice house. Then there is achievement, the pleasure we get from earned and recognized success. Third, there is generativity, the pleasure we get from giving back to others. Finally, the highest kind of happiness is moral joy, the glowing satisfaction we get when we have surrendered ourselves to some noble cause or unconditional love.
"When Life Asks for Everything" is from the September 18, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by David Brooks and narrated by Kristi Burns.