20140804【英译中】What Is Happiness?

发表于:2014-08-04 18:14 [只看楼主] [划词开启]
 For a child, happiness has a magical quality. I remember making hide outs in newly cut hay, playing cops and robbers in the woods, getting a speaking part in the school play. Of course, kids also experience lows, but their delight at such peaks of pleasure as winning a race or getting a new bike is unreserved. 

对于儿童时代而言,幸福像是附了魔力般质量特别高。我仍然记得在新收割下来的干草堆后玩躲猫猫,在林地里玩警察抓小偷游戏,在校园剧中得到一个旁白角色……当然,孩童时代也会有一些消沉的经历,但对于诸如赢得一场比赛或得到一辆新自行车时的那种欣喜若狂却是毫无保留的。

In the teenage years, the concept of happiness changes. Suddenly it's conditional on such things as excitement, love, popularity and whether that zit will clear up before a prom night. I can still feel the agony of not being invited to a party that almost everyone else was going to. 

到了少年时期,对幸福的理解又有了新的认识。突然间好像如开心,爱,受欢迎度甚至青春痘可不可以在毕业舞会之前消除都成了有条件的。我至今仍然能感受到当时因为没能获邀,而不能去参加一个几乎所有人都被邀请了的宴会的痛苦。

In adulthood the things that bring profound joy birth, love, marriage also bring responsibility and the risk of loss. Love may not last, loved ones die. For adults, happiness is complicated. My dictionary defines happy as" lucky" or" fortunate", but I think a better definition of happiness is "the capacity for enjoyment". 

成人后经历了如新生命带来的深刻喜悦,婚姻等,这些事物在带来责任感的同时也伴随着失去的风险。如爱情不能持续,或者至亲至爱的人亡故。对于成人来说,幸福是很复杂的。字典对幸福定义是“幸运的”或“有好运气的”,而我觉得 “(一个人)享受生活乐趣的能力”才是对幸福更好的定义。

The more we can enjoy what we have, the happier we are. It's easy to overlook the pleasure we get from loving and being loved,the company of friends, the freedom to live where we please, even good health. 

更多的享受我们现在所拥有的,我们将更加幸福。我们总是很容易忽略生活中我们爱着的,关爱我们的,陪伴的朋友们,居住在我们最喜欢地方的自由,甚至身体健康这些日常点滴给我们带来的快乐。

I added up my little moments of pleasure yesterday. First there was sheer bliss when I shut the last lunchbox and had the house to myself. Then I spent an uninterrupted morning writing, which I love. When the kids came home, I enjoyed their noise after the quiet of the day. You never know where happiness will turn up next. 

就在昨天我又更新了幸福的小瞬间。首先是做完最后一个便当和拥有了自己的房子。然后是花了一个早上的时间静心我最爱的写作。当孩子们回家的时候,我又开始享受他们给安静了的一天带来的热闹。你都不知道下一刻幸福将在哪里出现。

While happiness may be more complex for us, the solution is the same as ever. Happiness is not about what happens to us; it's about how we perceive what happens to us. It's the knack of finding a positive for every negative, and viewing a setback as a challenge. It's not wishing for what we do not have, but enjoying what we do possess. 

也许幸福对我们来说会更复杂一些,但是感知幸福的途径却从未改变。幸福并不是关于生活给予了我们什么,而是我们怎么去感知生活中发生的这一切。感知幸福的秘诀就在于在每个积极的事物中寻找出它积极的一面,将每次挫折都看作是一次挑战。感知幸福并不是去追求那些我们没有的,而是珍惜享受我们现在所拥有的。

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