I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness the past few months wondering what it means to me, where do I find it, and how do I stay there.
After spending months trying new things, getting myself in awkward new situations, and adopting a healthier lifestyle, I’ve come to realize that it’s really a continous and progressive process. It may never be reached, but that’s the beauty of it! We are continuously motivated and striving for that goal of eventually obtaining happiness, and the path to that is what makes living worthwhile.
Happiness is a direction, not a destination.
Reading up on others’ perspectives and watching films on happiness has also made me aware of the fact that it’s a completely relative thing. It turns out that the average American is just as happy, if not less so, than many communities in the 3rd world. It’s about people’s perception of themselves and on the world around them that determines their happiness level. Research has shown that more money doesn’t necessarily equate to greater happiness either. Anything more than a $75k annual salary stops having effect on an individuals happiness level. So someone that makes $1 million a year is no more happier than a person with a $75k salary. What does this say? Money really is only a small factor to the happiness equation. It all comes back to how one perceives and chooses to react to the world.
Simply wanting to be happy isn’t enough. You need to devote energy towards it and consciously take the appropriate steps that’ll get you closer to being happy. We need to stay proactive in our lives and make of it what we want.
Happiness is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.
What makes you happy and what do you want out of life? Have you found a way to make that happen for yourself everyday? I think that is where we will ultimately find it – happiness through fulfillment and purpose. I think true happiness is found within the pursuit of happiness.
The purpose of life is a life of purpose. – Robert Byrne