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Is the Pursuit of Happiness Real?

By Jonah Simcha Chaim Muskat-Brown, MSW, RSW

Is the Pursuit of Happiness Real?The pursuit of happiness is a fallacy.

There, I said it.

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Is the Pursuit of Happiness Real?

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  1. I don’t see happiness as a goal, but as a choice. As Victor Frankl so eloquently stated, “Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.” The one sure place we have to exercise our free will is in what we think and how we feel. Sure, bad things happen, but I believe that we can be innately and inherently happy, whether we are sad, or temporarily depressed, or hurting. My biggest personal challenge is in maintaining my gratefulness and happiness while so many other people all over the planet are suffering.

  2. “I would advocate a life with periodic unhappy moments over a life of sadness.”

    Having experienced life as a series of periodic, random traumas I find that I disagree with the author. Happiness is the feeling I have just before my world implodes. I no longer know how to want that. I am pretty sure that having the desire to be happy or even the ability to tolerate it is a prerequisite to choosing a meaningful path.

  3. My life changed when I learned it was DOING things that brought me joy, pleasure and satisfaction without causing problems for other people. Thinking about being “happy”, for me, is now a waste of time.

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