How to Find Happiness

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This delightful cartoon was created by cartoonist Gavin Aung Than. After working in the corporate graphic design industry for 8 years Gavin quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on his true passion, drawing cartoons. Gavin launched Zen Pencils at the start of 2012, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, and hasn’t looked back since. 

You can buy Gavin's art in his store (they make wonderful gifts) or download his most popular comics as wallpapers.

About Bill Watterson

The quote used in the comic is an excerpt from Bill Watterson's 1990 Kenyon College Commencement Address. Here's the relevant excerpt used in the comic:

Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it's to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success.

Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.

You'll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you're doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you'll hear about them.

To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it's still allowed, and I think you'll be happier for the trouble.

Comic reproduced with permission from Gavin Aung Than.

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