The US Constitution guarantees everyone the right to pursue happiness. This is such a giant mistake. The proof is in – Americans take more mind-bending drugs than any population on earth. With all their wealth, they seem the unhappiest people around the globe. What went wrong?
The answer is so simple that it needs to be provided. It’s so obvious that it may be missed easily.
There is no road to happiness. Happiness it the way.
No money and no circumstance can buy us happiness. Especially riches don’t help, as the rabbis teach us: who has 50 wants 100, who has 100 wants 200, and who has 200 wants 400. Not only do possessions not solve dissatisfaction; the more we have the more we find us lacking.
The real solution is cheap, easy and instantaneous. Decide here and now to be happy with what you have for now and smile. Even if you can’t stop crying, smile on the inside.
It doesn’t mean to settle and not pursue basic needs. Rather, displeasure does not guarantee us being hopeful or successful in acquiring them.
We are so lucky to be alive. The rest is all bonus.
Sure, we should have food and clean water to sustain our health and safety and friends to help us survive hardships. But even if we don’t: be grateful for what you do have.
If the glass is half-full – be happy with half. If it’s empty – be happy you have a glass. And if you don’t have a glass – be happy that it can’t get lost, break, be stolen, cause jealousy.
If only I was/had …. will not give happiness. You have already all the happiness you need. Pull up these corners of your mouth.
And don’t you dare to fake it. That leads to suicide. Mean it.
Alcohol, tobacco and other escapism need to go too.
And it might help to stop idolizing the rich, famous and powerful.
And about the world’s wrongs – you get more activists with you when you brightly speak of hope and right than when you bitterly complain about doom and lack.
Happy holidays and 2018. You’d better.