The Scary Truth About Happiness

Unfortunately, you can’t buy happiness, because happiness doesn’t come from doing things that make you feel good.  Happiness doesn’t come from laying on the beach, or vacationing in Europe, or shopping, or eating, or drinking, or partying, or fucking.  Happiness doesn’t even come from playing with your kids.

Happiness comes from doing things you’re proud of.

You can’t be proud of winning the lottery.  You can’t be proud of eating, or drinking, or fucking.  You can’t be proud of playing with your kids on a Sunday in September.

You can be proud of things that take effort and dedication.  Building things, creating things, doing a job properly, diligently, and with skill.  You can be proud of playing with your kids every night after a long day of work, when you’re tired and don’t want to, because you know it’s good for them.

Don’t fall into the easy trap of equating pleasure with happiness.

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2 Responses to The Scary Truth About Happiness

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  2. CharmingN says:

    I’m the marketing assistant for Robert Scheinfeld, a NY Times bestselling author who just wrote a new book on how to be happy. It’s called “The Ultimate Key To Happiness.” It offers a v-e-r-y different approach to defining what happiness really is, and a very different step-by-step path to experience it all the time, no matter what’s going on around you. The Internet has gotten so complex. So many options. Can anyone here share ideas for how to get the word out there about this important new book? I’d love to hear your ideas. I’m sure there are tons of ideas I’ve never thought of before.

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