Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

BE HAPPY Dis­till our in­fi­nite dreams and am­bi­tions to an essence, and this is what you get when you ask al­most any­one what they want in life. It might come from the sense of serv­ing a higher be­ing, or that first spoon­ful of mint cho­co­late chip as their butt sinks into the sofa. If you’re read­ing this, chances are golf is a big part of your strat­egy to en­joy your short time on this planet. Later into our years than al­most all sports, golf feeds hope. But is that enough? Each year, the ques­tion of what makes us happy pro­duces piles of re­search. A lot of it sug­gests so­ci­ety’s in­creas­ing em­pha­sis on ma­te­ri­al­ism and sta­tus is driv­ing up de­pres­sion rates. In­deed, Zen golfers won’t help a golf shop stay in busi­ness. Oth­ers say the mis­sion to erad­i­cate sad­ness, to throw at it all man­ner of med­i­ca­tions, cute-kit­ten posts and self-help books, is to un­wisely deny the full range of hu­man emo­tion.What are birdies with­out bo­geys? Here, we in­vite you to re­flect on why you play golf. Hope­fully you’ll dis­cover a nugget or two that helps your mind stay in the fair­way.

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