20140804【英译中】幸福其实很简单 1(716字)

汪德均 (老顽童) 译坛新宠
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发表于:2014-08-04 10:45 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

 

A simple truth about happiness

幸福其实很简单

  After I gave a talk on the subject of happiness,a woman in the audience stood up and said,“I wish my  husband had come.”“Much as I loved him,”she explained,“it wasn’t easy being married to someone so unhappy.”This woman enabled me to put into words what I  had been searching for--altruistic,as well as the personal,reasons for taking happiness seriously.I told her that each of us owes it to our spouse,our children,our friends to be as happy as we can.

   一次,我刚刚做完何为快乐的讲演,台下一位女士就起身感叹道:“要是我老公来听了就好了。”她解释说,“尽管我非常爱他,可是,和一个常年愁眉苦脸的人一起生活,可真不容易呀!”她的话使我想起了我一直都在寻觅的真理:严肃认真地对待幸福,既有利于他人,也有利于自己。我对她说,每个人为了配偶、为了孩子、为了亲友,都应该尽可能地开心。

   I was not a particularly happy child,and like most teenagers,I took pleasure in my anguish.One day,however,it occurred to me that I was taking the easy way out.Anyone could be unhappy;it took no courage and effort.True achievement lay in struggling to be happy.The notion that we have to work at happiness comes as news to many people.We assume it’s a feeling that comes as a result of good things that just happen to us,things over which we have little or no control.But the opposite is true:happiness is largely under our control.It is a battle to be fought and not a feeling to be awaited.To achieve a happy life,it’s necessary to overcome some stumbling blocks,three of which are:

   我小时候并不很快乐;像多数青少年一样,总觉得自己不幸。然而有一天,我突然一下子想通了:我只是惧怕困难、不想付出努力。人人都可不开心,因为无需勇气、也不必费力就可得到,而真正的成就感存在于为获得幸福而奋斗的过程之中。为获得幸福而必须努力工作的理念,很多人觉得很陌生。我们常常以为,幸福是这样一种感觉:碰巧获得了很难得到或无法掌控的美好事物。其实恰恰相反:幸福主要掌握在自己手里。它是一种必须的战斗,而不是一种等待的感觉。要想获得幸福的人生,必须克服一些障碍,下面是其中三种:

    Comparison with Others. Most of us compare ourselves with anyone we think is happier--a relative,an acquaintance or,often someone we barely know.I once met a young man who struck me as particularly successful and happy.He spoke of his love for his beautiful wife and their three daughters,and of his joy at being a radio talk-show host in a city he loved.I remember thinking that he was one of those lucky few for whom everything goes effortlessly right.Then we started talking about the Internet.He blessed its existence,he told me ,because he could look up information on multiple sclerosis--the terrible disease afflicting his wife.I felt like a fool for assuming nothing unhappy existed in his life.

   1. 攀比心理。我们常常与那些我们认为比自己更幸福的人相比——亲戚、熟人、甚至还有几乎不认识的人。我曾经遇到一个年轻人,他给我的印象极其深刻。这个年轻人深情款款地谈起自己美丽的妻子和三个可爱的女儿,谈起在自己心仪的城市的做电台脱口秀节目主持人的情况,觉得自己特别成功、特别幸福。我记得,当时认为他是那些极少数的幸运儿之一——一切顺利而又轻轻松松。然后,我们聊起了互联网。他说,幸亏有了网络,才能够方便地查阅有关多种硬化症的资料——这可怕的疾病,让他的妻子饱受其苦!我当时真觉得自己简直就是个傻瓜——居然以为他的人生没遇到过什么不幸!

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