The Pursuit of Happiness

What is happiness? A very abstract concept, of course, but still a concept that so many philosophers have theorized about and sought to synthesize along the centuries in a concrete definition, a kind of formula that allows us to finally achieve it. But the truth is, happiness is still, and will always be, a great mystery.

They say that the concept of “happiness” varies depending on who’s feeling or experiencing it  – but is it really though? Some people would even go as far as saying that happiness is just a myth, a concept created in the collective minds of humanity that has ingrained itself into our nervous system.

I have absolutely no idea what the exact concept of happiness is, but I definitely know what makes me happy, what satisfies me and brings that emotional joy that puts a smile on my face and makes me feel that much more alive. It is the sensation of waking up in the morning with one goal in mind, with a mission to conquer, something that brings a purpose to my life, something that makes me jump out of bed, ready to defeat what ever stands in my way to success. But don’t take my word for it, it’s even scientifically proven!

Research conducted by psychologist Viktor Frankl, at a nazi concentration camp, reflected in the book “Man’s Search for Meaning”, suggested that we are alive because we have a purpose to fulfil. Dr. Frankl found that those who had no family, who had no one to look after, had lost the will to live… and invariably died within two weeks. In contrast, there were other people who endured years of suffering and horror caring for a child in the camp, because other people depended on them, because there was someone out there who was waiting for him or her, because they had a mission to accomplish, and therefore they didn´t die simply because they couldn´t. Happiness has to do with the concept of duty, with the “survival of the fittest” mentality, that makes you push that much harder to reach the goal you want to reach, and therefore feel that fulfilment that makes you happy.

Sometimes life takes you down paths you don’t want to go down. There are paths that make you feel blue and desperate, paths that do not stimulate your passion in the short run, but that unleashes the definition of happiness in the long run. You see, the key word here is “passion”. Go with what you love, go with that “gut feeling” you always feel, not matter how bad or difficult it may seem. Don’t let anything or anyone take control of your life, your future, your job or even the car you drive. Don’t let anyone define your lifestyle. Be the painter of your masterpiece. If your passion is to sing, then sing! If you´re into art, then that’s what you’re supposed to do! Make your passion your livelihood because when you “choose a job you love, you´ll never have to work a day in your life”.

Today, we live in a multidimensional world that changes constantly – a world that offers so many possibilities and opportunities. It’s a complex and demanding world in which we have to learn to adapt and morph. Even the law of natural selection tells us that, not the strongest animal survives, but the one that is able to adapt to its surrounding, embracing and learning from its past, in order to excel in the present. And lets face it, happiness is truly just a choice, something we choose to feel, no matter what the scenario you’re facing. Happiness is available to anyone with the courage to live their dreams, without doubting or fearing their potential – no matter what anyone thinks or says!

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