Chasing Happiness Will Never Make You Happy. Here’s What to Do Instead

Chasing Happiness Will Never Make You Happy. Here’s What to Do Instead

There’s lots of debate amongst happiness experts about whether happiness is the journey or the destination.

Is it something to actively work towards, or a side effect of other positive endeavours?

To be honest, the research findings are mixed: and I think there’s an argument for BOTH!

But either way, this article by Ozan Varol from the Next Big Idea site is well worth reading …

There’s a whole industry dedicated to making people feel happy.

Just follow the three principles of this, or the five secrets to that, and you’ll be happier.

Here’s the problem: In the most important moments of my life, I didn’t feel happy. I felt anxious about the path ahead. I didn’t feel good enough. I didn’t feel ready enough. I felt heavy—intimidated by a load that I was sure I couldn’t carry.

Yet, I still did the thing.

Happiness came only after a wave of other emotions washed through me (and knocked me around a bunch).

If you pursue only happiness, you won’t ever leave your comfort zone. Because stepping outside your comfort zone is, by definition, uncomfortable. You’ll keep dragging yourself into the same predictable tomorrow by reliving yesterday.

Instead of chasing happiness, find and follow your north star. That’s the guiding light that determines all the choices you make in your life—what you reject and what you embrace. Your north star must be a principle that inspires you to act even if—and especially if—it generates pain in the short term.

“Your north star must be a principle that inspires you to act even if—and especially if—it generates pain in the short term.”

… keep reading the full & original article HERE