We are taught many things in our life that we automatically accept as truth. We are taught that if we work hard/buy a house/make a ton of money/raise a family/drive a hybrid car/etc. etc. that the effect of that particular action will make us happy.
All you have to do is watch any show on celebrities to know HAVING does not equal happiness. They look so good on paper: they have a wonderful house, children, a well paying job, respect and fame in their industry, the ability to travel all over the world, so you’d think they’d be set to live happily ever after. But how often do we hear about their mental breakdowns, drug addictions, extramarital affairs, miserable children, and lawsuit happy acquaintances?
Sounds like any regular human being but even more complicated. And publicized.
So if it’s not the acquisition of STUFF that will make us happy, what will? Continue reading