I’ve been collecting perspectives on authenticity as a way to be as happy as possible. I believe that being yourself helps ensure contentment; although life sometimes demands we do things that are not what we’d choose, being true to our core selves as much as we can helps us be our best selves. Evidence increasingly shows that we do better when we focus on the things we love and have talent for.
When I was reading about living a Bill Murray life (that is, a life open to opportunity), I discovered that Murray also has a great view on being your authentic self. He said,
So what’s it like to be me? You can ask yourself, What’s it like to be me? You know, the only way we’ll ever know what it’s like to be you is if you work your best at being you as often as you can, and keep reminding yourself: That’s where home is.
Bill Murray: Closet psychologist, happiness guru, and all-around lucky guy.