Reclaiming My Life:

Happiness

Happiness. Wouldn’t that be nice? It seems that we catch glimpses of happiness in life only to find ourselves anxiously seeking after it again. Isn’t it funny how the experience of happiness only leads to a pursuit of more? Honestly, we all search after happiness with the misconception that once we find it, we will be…well, happy. After all, here in the United States we were given the “inalienable right” to pursue happiness. It sure would have been nice if Uncle Tom would have written a second document defining what that looks like. Then again, I’m not sure he quite reached it himself.


The pursuit of happiness is all done in vain. Truthfully, we spend our lives searching for something that is unattainable. Ok, let me be a little more clear in what I mean. Obviously experiencing the emotion of happiness is not only possible, but common. What we generally seek is not to experience the emotion, but to live in a state of constant euphoria. This unfortunately doesn’t exist on this side of eternity.

We spend our lives in search of that which will keep us in an everlasting state of happiness, only to find that once we finally reach that goal, the feeling of happiness is quickly erased by tragedy. Happiness is merely an emotion, not a destination.

I know what you’re thinking, this isn’t motivating at all. I know it kind of sucks to think about the fact that there really is no such thing as happily every after outside of the fairy tale world and heaven. What we have here is an adventure that includes all of the emotions. What then should we pursue, if not happiness?

The Pursuit of Contentment

It is my opinion that we have mistaken the idea of contentment for happiness shown in fairy tales. It is far better to strive for contentment than to pursue that which is unattainable. Could you imagine a world where you were able to be content with where you were? Could you imagine the freedom that comes with contentment? Imagine waking up every morning satisfied with all that you have. Wow, what an amazing feeling. Striving to be content is far more fulfilling than the acquiring of things for the sake of happiness. Happiness is only found in the presence of contentment.

I believe that when a person can be content with who they are and what they have, then, and only then, will they be able to experience true happiness more often.

Contentment brings…

  • Satisfaction no matter the circumstances
  • Gratefulness
  • Peace
  • Joy
  • Fulfillment
  • Success

Reclaiming my goals and aiming for contentment will open me up to experience happiness in abundance.

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