I find ideas for a blog posts in the neatest places. This one comes from a conversation with a friend at the library.
We discussed being happy and how to get there. A lot of people are saying do things that bring you joy. It makes sense. Right? My friend’s take (apologies now if I am off course) is doing things that bring you joy might not bring you happiness or lasting happiness. We are all caught up in the pursuit of happiness. Do what we love and the rest will follow. We have all heard this.
Here is a different take. What if we did things with no expectation of happiness? Good deeds that might take time away from “what brings us joy”. What if doing this the by-product was happiness? Long lasting happiness. What if instead of pursuing happiness, we pursued creating a better place for everyone? That we started to think more of community than individually?
Also have our “wants” become more measurable than our “needs”. It seems like we can get on a cycle of never ending wants – I will be happy when I finished school, married, have a new car, house, job, you can add to the list. Have our wants became insatiable? Running after the next big thing? Never appreciating what we already have. Has happiness become a “want” we keep moving the target on?
Let me know your thoughts. On happiness being a by-product and also what about our wants versus our needs. Is that keeping us from being happy?
You can always start now!