Maureen Dowd reports this week in the New York Times about the state of women's happiness. In a great piece, she brings forth highlights from current research that confirm what we already know: women today, in general, are more stressed than before while men are slowly becoming happier. Various factors play a role in the shift of balance--a key one is that while women take on more responsibilities than ever before, striving for high academic and career accomplishments (and why shouldn't they?) we are still putting the same level of stress and expectations on ourselves across all other dimensions too: relationships with friends, marriage, self awareness, family.
To my mind, the real secret of women's success is our ability to be present across these dimensions in a state of peace and contentment. From the old testament to the Greek mythology and modern thinking: women have the power to hold and contain the day while men tend to focus on specific tasks at hand. This, is exactly what makes us so unique and yet it is also the greatest challenge for women.
Thank you goes to Arden Pennell for forwarding the article.