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The Pursuit of Happiness

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be”.  – Abraham Lincoln

Yes I’m happy, no I’m not happy. We feel like we’re riding an out of control emotional roller coaster. We say, “I’ll be happy when . . .” When what? When we have that great job (what does a great job look like?), when we get the 4×4 (what will that really give us?), the renovations done on the house (then there will be more) or even we’ll be happy when summer comes (what’s wrong with the other seasons?). The waiting to be happy or the constant chasing of happiness causes exhaustion and impacts negatively on us personally. It drags us down, upsets us, causes illness and sometimes dis-ease, encourages some of us to have a drink or two, grab another cigarette or even do drugs, legal or illegal, and any of these can become unhelpful habits.

Others appear to be happy, “so why can’t we?”

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