Read this if happiness is still your goal

Jason Henry
5 min readAug 6, 2023
Photo by Josh Hild on Unsplash

It’s important to consider when a goal is achievable and when it isn’t. For happiness, it’s extremely easy to achieve but maybe that seems odd for you to hear.

The reason I say it’s extremely easy is because all you have to do is watch a comedy or get tickled or watch an animal at play or eat a comfort food or play a game you enjoy and tend to win.

But that’s not the kind of happiness you’re talking about, right?

You might be more focused on getting someone to stop hurting you or getting more money or quenching the existential ennui or finding consistent love and intimacy or attaining respect from others.

But why do these attempts at happiness matter more than the ones I mentioned earlier?

Could it be because the first batch truly was the cheap and easy way to happiness and the second batch was harder, and we’re choosing to prioritize the harder stuff because they’re more difficult to get and leave a deeper impression in our lives?

I think that’s correct. But when we fail to get these things we then take for granted the easy paths to happiness. Enter: stress, then physical illness and maybe even mental illness.

What can help us to decipher the riddle is to ask, why do I want happiness? The obvious answer is because…

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Jason Henry

Former Edu. Psychologist | Current Writer | Constant Learner | “By your stumbling the world is perfected.”