How To Be Happy

Robert Thompson
Stoic Gazette
Published in
3 min readJun 13, 2024


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In the relentless pursuit of happiness, we often find ourselves chasing an elusive, static ideal — a singular answer that promises to unlock the gates to everlasting bliss. Yet, a profound truth whispers amidst the clamor of our searching souls:

You will never find one answer to what makes you happy. There are many answers, and they change based on your current state.

This insight invites us to shift our perspective, to embrace the dynamic, ever-evolving nature of happiness itself. For happiness is not a destination to be reached but a kaleidoscope of experiences, needs, and fulfillments that dance in harmony with the rhythms of our lives.

At the core of this truth lies the recognition that our needs are fluid, ebbing and flowing like the tides of the sea. In one moment, we may crave the rejuvenating embrace of solitude and relaxation, seeking respite from the relentless demands of daily life. Yet, in the next, we may yearn for the sense of purpose and meaning that comes from immersing ourselves in meaningful work, contributing our talents to something greater than ourselves.

And just as the pendulum swings, our physical and mental well-being may beckon us to engage in invigorating exercise, nourishing our bodies and minds with the endorphins of movement and the discipline of dedication. But should we become consumed by this singular…