I do believe that people have an inherent and inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. The right to pursue it: What are you pursuing? What makes you happy?
There is something about you that is unique in all the world. The lessons of many great books point to this as a clue as to where you find happiness.
There are Givers and Getters – which are you?
How and where we find it is tricky, especially when luminaries like Viktor Frankl tell us that “It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.”
However, according to Frankl, there are three paths we can pursue that have the potential to yield happiness – because they offer meaning. It is through awareness that we recognize our feelings, our state of happy or not happy.
The three paths to discovering meaning are:
1. Through what you give or express and includes
- the effort you put out
- what you create
- what you share with others
- the work you do
WHAT DO YOU DO BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE?
2. Through what you get or experience and includes
- what you take in
- what others give or share with you
- the payoff from any action
- material things and immaterial like love, knowledge, insight and wisdom
WHAT IS UNIQUE IN THE WAY YOU SEE THE WORLD?
3. Through the attitude or stand you take you take, including
- your values
- how you react
- your integrity
- the faith you have in yourself and the way things work
WHAT ARE YOU PREPARED TO STAND FOR IN LIFE?
– AND WHAT WILL YOU DO OR GET FROM THAT?
Author: Sue Hines