People are unhappy because as a species we stumble over each other at every opportunity to eradicate stress and increase comfort. We do this because we believe that happiness springs out of that void where stress has been snuffed out. The problem is we need stress to grow, because happiness is the sensation of growth that comes directly from having undertaken a personal challenge.
Happiness is a very real thing, but many of us confuse it with something very different. That is pleasure, and it is always fleeting.
As such, many of us chase things that give us this short-term, chemical pleasure sensation, believing this to be happiness, when most of those things — more money, drugs, cigarettes — make us feel indifferent at best and usually much worse.
We need to feel alive. We need to maintain good energy. Energy springs from triumph over stress. Like a muscle strengthens from stress to the muscle fibres, so do we as humans strengthen through challenges overcome.
You don’t need to be smiling or laughing to feel alive, to benefit the world and to feel deeply fulfilled, though you inevitably will do when you have energy anyway.
For happiness, we must strive for doing what needs to be done in the face of challenge, large or small, and this must be a continual process.
Expansion of mind, strengthening of body, until the end.
Happiness is not something you arrive at. It represents maintained aliveness from doing the things that keep us developing in the very personal ways we need, so that we are valuable to the people around us.
Remember life isn't fast, it isn't slow either, but hopefully we all find our path together, as one big egg, and all of us are just tiny sperm, working our hardest, to make the world grow. thank you flux.