Why Happiness is the Most Difficult Major in College


What’s your major? If I had a penny for every time I get asked this question I’d be able to pay off my tuition. Recently, I’ve been answering this question with the word “happiness.”

If you want a sure fire way to get dismissed by the person you’re speaking to, “happiness” is your response. We’re programmed to believe the only majors that matter are the ones that land high paying jobs.

As a third year business student, this seems to be all anyone cares about. My peers want those high paying jobs and think the only ticket to success is the major required. Recruiters look at your major to find the cream of the crop. Professors want these students to pick certain majors to increase class enrollment for the following year.

One’s major doesn’t determine his or her life or career. Rather, it should be much more fluid and based on the interests of the individual. When you do something you love it becomes easier due to your pain tolerance increasing.

I’m too naive to think that students go to college to learn and not to land a job and make a career. I’ve noticed most of my peers have lost the spark, the curiosity to understand the world by their junior year.

It’s all about the major, the internship, the job offer and what the herd thinks of you.

A quote that comes to mind while thinking about this is:

“Magic lies on the other side of fear.” — Kamal Ravikant

Ever since starting college I’ve made it my mission to cross the bridge to the other side of fear. I’ve been too curious not too.

To major in happiness is to know what you love and where your passion lies. Doing it is the hard part, the part “the herd” ridicules you for.

Here’s something that crosses my mind when making a decision for my future self:

find your magic…

I implore you to find “happiness,” or at least to start searching. The world becomes a much better place when you do. And if you must, finance is cool too.