The pursuit of happiness


If someone were to ask you, “What should I do to become happy?” what would you advise them? Probable answers likely range from maintaining a positive outlook to doing nothing at all since you are not in control of what happens to you. Is personal effort involved in achieving happiness at all?

And how does one differentiate between happiness and joy?

Things that elicit a happy response and bring a smile to our face may be as elementary as the music that resonates with our emotions, a hug from a loved one, or even a surprising shopping discount. Everyone responds with differing impulses of emotion, and the unsuspecting customer may value the hug over the discount, while the musician may value his music over the hug. Regardless of who we are, what we feel, or how we react, happiness emerges in the everyday moments of our lives, clinging to the…

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