Coat from ASOS
I’m going to start off being direct. I think our obsession with getting to destination happiness can be toxic and unhealthy. Feeling happiness is so addicting that we often ignore the rest of our emotions in hopes of getting a direct flight straight to happy island.
Why is happiness the destination emotion?
A lot of people think happiness is the most important thing in life. A life without happiness isn’t a life. I don’t want to say what I think but I think happiness is meant to be felt just like all the rest of our emotions. It comes and it goes and comes back and goes again. I don’t think we’re meant to hold happiness hostage forever.
I do think we feel happiness just a little bit differently than our other emotions. Happiness isn’t always just a simple emotion. It’s a coping mechanism, a reaction, and in from my perspective, possibly a whole experience. I know I have the potential to feel happiness for prolonged periods of time, multiple times in my life, but I don’t think happiness is consistent and constant. Unfortunately, I don’t have the power to harness happiness full-time. Sometimes, I’m just not happy. And that’s okay with me.
Is life more valuable if it’s a happy one?
I can’t speak on the value of anyones life, but I think we can all decide what makes our life valuable to ourselves. I’m sure many of you will include happiness in your life’s values because happiness just feels so good.
Ultimately, I think the end goal for many people, including myself is to find success and happiness.
Can we reach happiness without success? Can we reach success without happiness? I think things are a little more complicated to provide an answer to these questions. Happiness is a universal and beloved emotion. Happiness as a purpose in life solely depends on the individual.
Peace & Love,