Why isn’t the secret of happiness written down for all to read? Perhaps it is, but the secret isn’t digestible until the reader is ready to consume it. For instance, try to read a story written in an unknown language using an unknown alphabet — it’s incomprehensible. And even after learning basic vocabulary, there’s still issues regarding word order, idioms, and cultural context.
So, how could anyone recognize descriptions of deep satisfaction without having experienced such things? Even a step-by-step guide would seem nonsensical. Often times, thorough understanding takes many years of diligent study and dedicated practice.
Language is what narrates our lives, it tells the stories comprising our existence — and this narrative determines our satisfaction with life. If our vocabulary consists only of terms for pain and despair, then that’s all we’ll know. To know contentment is to tell our tale in a tranquil tone.