The Pursuit of Happiness – Reblog

   I remember I posted this video a while back and I find it even more powerful and insightful when I watched it today. We want happiness without knowing what it means and most of the time we’re sad because we can’t get that. We confuse having things with happiness when actually things bring joy (at most). This is a tough subject. I hope I’ll find my balls one day so I can make a full post. Until then, enjoy this video.

   What do you think about it?

20 thoughts on “The Pursuit of Happiness – Reblog

  1. I just think it’s frustrating finding a balance between not settling but still finding happiness with where you are currently.

  2. “Despite all my rage I’m still just a rat in a cage.” The video was great. I’ve been watching people chasing happiness for as long as I can recall and it really is a depressing thing knowing the stuff they are chasing won’t keep them filled with joy because happiness comes from within.

    1. I know. That’s probably because the general idea is that the status quo is defined by the amount of things someone has, although everybody says it isn’t.

      1. The world buys that lie each and every day. I used to feel ashamed when I was younger and couldn’t afford the lie but I’m honestly glad I’m not interested in being like everyone else anymore. In high school I remember feeling less than because I couldn’t afford to buy the jeans that were a hundred dollars a pair. Nowadays I laugh at those who waste money because I won’t spend more for a label when my jeans and theirs both come from the same sweat shop.

  3. Hey! Nice post!

    Bluntly said, optimizing your life around FINDING HAPPINESS, unfortunately will never get you to happiness.

    There are many messages behind this video, yet the most crucial one I believe anyone should take away is that we live in a highly manipulated society. A society in which people are running a rat race (commonly referred to as a hamster wheel), in which they are victims to the constant urge of getting immediate and instant gratification.

    Immediate gratification is very well understood psychological concept, and most research studies show that immediate gratification is primarily used as an escape mechanism (or coping strategy) to dealing with the responsibilities, anxieties, and expectations the daily world imposes on us.

    I could go on forever about his topic…

    The core question remains… How can we find lasting happiness (i.e. fulfillment)?

    Unfortunately, we have to be aware that we live in a world, in which fulfillment is a privilege and not a right (unfortunately).

    To find happiness, I believe we must not give in to immediate gratification and instead take 100% responsibility of our own lives to do things we really want to do.

    And to do the things we really want to do, the only real thing that is required is SELF-INITIATIVE.

    Happiness should be right that everyone has.

    Yet, unfortunately long lasting happiness and fulfillment, are not FREE. They come at a cost. And that is the cost of not giving in to immediate gratification.

    They need to be worked for.

    Thanks for sharing this insightful and deep video! Hope I could help! 🙂

    Keep it up! 🙂

    1. Hey! I believe that happiness is actually a right everyone has, but it’s everyone’s responsibility to do something about it. We love to wait around for things to happen to and for us when actually it won’t. And because happiness doesn’t happen for us, we blame everything else but us. And with blaming I don’t mean dwelling. I mean finding the balls to take responsibility for our lives. Only a few people want the struggle. Most of them want the outcome, but there is no smoke without a fire. Great comment! 😀

  4. I enjoyed this SO much – it’s a terrific reminder of what is (and isn’t) important. “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard” – attributed to L. Frank Baum. Happiness isn’t something one purchases – it’s where your heart is.

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