Happiness

The pursuit of happiness is often this illusory journey riddled with buyer's remorse, drunken nights, and regrettable mornings. Much like that cat chasing after the laser dot. Yes that is you. However, instinctively we all know that extra beer or the dress in blue will not make us happier. What then, you may ask. Over the years, I've come to believe the following will. It is by no means definitive nor complete, simply the musings of a young man in pursuit.

  • Love yourself
    • Take care of yourself
    • Exercise and eat well
    • Sleep well at night
    • Work hard and plan ahead
    • Be social
    • Eliminate bad habits
    • Speak about your ideas without inhibition and expect nothing in return
    • Share things based on the simple pleasure of sharing
  • Do not search for happiness, but appreciate the things that make you happy
  • Happiness is not the same thing as pleasure
    • Pleasure is correlated with happiness, but does not cause it
    • Ask any drug addict how their pursuit of pleasure turned out
  • Happiness is not the same thing as positivity
  • Create your purpose
    • Do what you like doing
    • Do what you are good at doing
    • Do what you can get paid for doing
    • Do what the world needs you to do
  • Follow your curiosities
    • Play is essential for this, play sparks exploration
  • Invest in experiences
  • Invest in relationships
  • It's not about you
    • The world does not care about you, but you need to care about you
  • There is no secret to happiness