By: Zach Fulwood
Everyone wants to be happy. I know, breaking news right? While everyone seems to be on the same never ending journey to find happiness, it feels like very few can successfully pinpoint exactly where to find it. It’s as if happiness is the seventh infinity stone and only the most powerful among us can capture it. I mean, I understand happiness isn’t the easiest feeling to come by but it can’t be that hard. Or is it?
From a societal perspective, we’re taught that the reason why we’re not happy is because we don’t have enough of a certain stimulation. Whether it be money, sex, love or material things, if we don’t have whatever stimulates us the most, we’ll never be happy. This idea forces us to continually chase this feeling with no real means to an end much like a hamster on a hamster wheel. Living life like this is woefully unrewarding because you’ll essentially never get enough of the thing(s) you seek. It’s literally impossible.
The thing about happiness however, is you have to go out of your way to find it. You have to force yourself to do something different outside of your everyday routine. Most of us are on autopilot the majority of our lives. What we thought and did on Monday usually looks similar to what we did all the way through Friday. We’re creatures of habit and as a result, we don’t typically deviate from what we know but yet we somehow expect to find happiness from that. Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result?
For whatever reason, we’re wired to repeat the same steps we’ve always done and that’s the problem. Not only do we have to get away from our everyday routines but we also have to find our purpose for being here. The quickest way to depression is not having a purpose or not knowing what it is. Sure, everyone has a passion and to a lesser degree, a talent but, they don’t necessarily coincide with your purpose. Simply finding your purpose won’t solve your happiness problem just like finding the tools to build a house won’t give you a home to live in. It’s only the first step but arguably the most important one.