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Posted April 1, 2008

Are You in The Pursuit of Happiness?

Lonnie Young

According to the Declaration of Independence, one of our inalienable rights is the pursuit of happiness. We have the right to search for happiness.

"The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."
Benjamin Franklin

If you're like most people you are searching for happiness in your life. You say, "I will do this or I will achieve this and then I will be happy."

But here is the problem ... we seek happiness in circumstances. We try to mold our lives to create situations that make us happy.

"The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness."
Eric Hoffer, "The Passionate State of Mind" (1954)

Yes, certain circumstances can make you feel happy, but it is only the absence of unhappy situations that make you feel this way.

But what if you realized that your innate nature is happiness and contentment? What if circumstances and situations didn't effect if you were happy or not?

What if you believed Abraham Lincoln when he said, "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Would you perceive the world and yourself differently?

When you read or hear someone talk about self-realization, this is what they mean.

When you realize happiness is not in a world of constant change, but is your true nature.

The world will continue to change and the circumstances in your life will not stay constant. If you are on a pursuit of happiness, then pursue it within your own mind.

This is why meditation was developed as a technique for self-discovery and realization.

When you quiet your mind your innate happiness rises to the surface. You think the technique is the source of your happiness, but this is not true. You're just getting rid of the garbage that is hiding your innate nature.

"Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product."
Eleanor Roosevelt

When you don't depend or attach your happiness to things and circumstances you don't become a victim.

The pursuit of happiness ends when you realize that happiness is not something that has to be pursued.

"The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things."

Don't depend on others, circumstances, things, money, or your own thoughts to make you happy, because you're happiness incarnate.

Copyright © 2007 Lonnie Young
All Rights Reserved content is produced by Lonnie Young, a recovering self-help/development addict. Since the age of 16 Lonnie has been in search for truth. After reading hundreds of books on philosophy, religion, science, psychology, and various other ideas and thoughts and after traveling for a year through South East Asia, South America, and Africa, he discovered a natural and ever evolving perspective on life. Through this perspective he has helped many people overcome stress, depression, anxiety, and has learned how to live life filled with happiness, equanimity and bliss.


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