Is happiness an emotion?
“Happiness is an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment. While happiness has many different definitions, it is often described as involving positive emotions and life satisfaction.” – verywellmind.com
When talking with family, friends and work peers, we often have conversations about the pursuit of happiness. How do we find it? How do we make it last? Why am I not always happy?
What is Happiness?
Happiness is a state of mind. The problem is, this emotion is very fleeting. It can last for minutes, or hours, but rarely longer. Which is why many believe, including myself, that pursuing this emotion is a huge waste of your time, and will lead you down a rabbit hole of despair.
Put very plainly… It’s dangerous thinking.
Constant failure of achieving happiness could even lead to mental health problems or worse. Because you will never find it but for a few moments here and there. You will try many things, even prescription Pharmaceuticals and non-prescription Pharmaceuticals. It’s a “rabbit hole” that some never come back from.
Mental Health Researchers share my opinion, or rather I share their opinion.
Mental Health Researchers posted an article on the subject at the US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Mental Health.
They state; “Happiness is a key ingredient of well-being. It is thus reasonable to expect that valuing happiness will have beneficial outcomes. We argue that this may not always be the case. Instead, valuing happiness could be self-defeating because the more people value happiness, the more likely they will feel disappointed.”
I suggest you do this instead!
Spend your energy by expanding your mind, reading and learning. And make this part of your daily routine. If you don’t have time to read. Then do this…
Open an Audiobook subscription.
Listen to books on your daily commute and when running errands. You will be surprised how you can power through several books a month.
Find your Meaningful Life.
Most importantly spend your energy and time pursuing something meaningful to your life. Find your passion. This could be a business idea you want to turn into reality, or by finding more time to spend with your family, or by exploring your inner world or discovering the outer world. What ever your passion is, turn your attention to this.
And if you can monetize it, now you really have something special.
Put serious energy into this pursuit. You will find the by-product of this endeavor will bring you fleeting moments of contentment, satisfaction and even happiness.