Once again, this is brilliant. Happiness is a perspective and a choice. It’s not a destination, mile marker, or even permanent. It’s also not exclusive. One can be happy and sad at the same time, because most people confuse happiness with joy. Happy literally means content. Not skipping around weirdly in a tampon commercial. And there is no pre-requisite to happiness. Lastly, as Alan Watts said: “the capacity to feel pleasure is known by the capacity for pain. You can’t know one without the other. They’re related as front is to back.”
Sometimes I read stuff like this article called “Why Pursuing Happiness is the Greatest Goal” and wonder why traditional advice doesn’t seem to apply to me.
I just absently blink at 90 percent of the “awesome truths” that “change people’s lives.” When I try to apply them to my own life, I end up totally dissatisfied, living in a yurt with a mouthful of chia seeds dribbling down my face, yelling positive affirmations into the mirror.
I’m pretty sure if there is anything that makes humans miserable, it’s chasing happiness.
Knowing that it’s The Goal of almost everyone I know is so tragic I can’t. Hardly. Even.
Before you get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with happiness…It’s just not a goal. And exalting one emotion doesn’t sit well with me
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