Try too hard to attain happiness…it remains elusive.
“The Pursuit of Happiness” is enshrined in the American Constitution.
Was that a mistake made by the founding fathers of America?
On the one hand, the Dalai Lama says it is up to us to find how to be happy.
On the other hand, you may have noticed that many of our efforts to reach that desired state often fall short.
Why is that?
Perhaps because happiness is meant to be a by-product, as it were, of other efforts.
For example, it is said that it is better to give than receive. One recent study showed that giving Christmas presents produces more joy than receiving them.
Joseph Campbell (if you don’t know the name, Google is your friend) said what we really want is the experience of being fully alive.
I would call that “fulfillment.”
What we want more deeply than happiness if the feeling of living a full life. Of being fulfilled.
How do we do that?
Service to others.
As easy as that.
Stopping self-centredness. Not focusing on what We want. Not on pleasures, but on work.
Not on chasing the dream, but on easing the pain a friend has.
Not on making more money to buy the next goal. But on bending down and helping a child.
Not on a flashy new car. But calling a family member to see how they are doing.
Not on getting a promotion, but smiling at strangers and saying hello.
Finding that inner smile that brightens someone’s day.
Try it. What have you to lose by smiling?
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