The Day I Accidentally Stumbled Upon Happiness

An unexpected lesson on the good life — courtesy of butlers, painters, and my Portuguese professor.

Stephan Joppich
5 min readJul 15, 2023

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“Why are some people so much happier than others?”

This question didn’t come up in one of my philosophy seminars but, unexpectedly, in Portuguese class. We’d been talking about the pretérito

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Stephan Joppich

Engineer turned philosophy student • I write about loneliness, minimalism, and books that changed my life • More food for thought → stephanjoppich.com