pursuit of happiness is innate. We all want to be happy, to feel that we
are getting the best that life has to offer. Yet it is elusive to most
of us from time to time and unfortunately for many most of the time.
What has become clear to me in my own pursuit for this psychological
gold dust is that most of the time, what we are seeking is not true
happiness but the elated sense that comes from the acquiring and
experiencing of things outside of ourselves.
often have you thought ‘if this happens, or that happens, or if I get
this then I will be happy’. Of course if the desired result prevails,
yes for some moments, or sometime, you feel ‘happy’. Your cognitive
experience as a result of acquiring the desired outcome is heightened.
But as you know from experience, it passes. It is not permanent. So then
you fix your aim on something else to acquire, achieve, to bring
happiness. You succeed, and you are ‘happy’; you fail and you are
miserable. The cycle continues, never ending.
also make the mistake that having another person in our lives will make
us happy, putting the responsibility on someone else’s shoulders. This
can never succeed, and inevitably results in discord between you and the
person you have given the responsibility of your happiness to.
one is fortunate in their lives, one comes to realise that no amount of
success, or acquiring of things, or relationships will bring them true
happiness. That is not to say that success, nice things, and good
relationships are without merit and don’t augment our sense of well
being. Of course they enrichen our lives but they cannot
determine our true happiness. If one is lucky one realises on a deep
level that true happiness is not something that can be found outside of
one’s self, nor is it dependent on getting things, succeeding in
something, having the perfect partner or any other outward thing or
circumstance. Rather, true happiness is a state of mind, a state of mind
that anyone can develop so that no matter what is happening in the
external world that happiness remains.
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