Our culture is obsessed with happiness.
We’re constantly bombarded with advice on how to find happiness. Ads promising products to make us happier.
Services flaunting how they “happify” their customers. Happiness is marketed, bought, and sold as a commodity.
But we all know we don’t always wear the same shining smile as billboard models or Instagram celebrities. We aren’t always beaming with joy, and it’s foolish to hold ourselves to that standard.
Here are some of the reasons why true happiness isn't about being happy all the time.
1. Happiness and living a meaningful life are not the same.
Take a moment to consider what experiences, actions, and relationships make your life worth living. Not all of these meaningful things in life are always pleasing to do. On the other hand, many pleasurable experiences are not always meaningful.
2. Negative emotions can make life better.
No one likes feeling sad, lonely, guilty, or all those other feelings we associate as "negative." We'd rather feel happy and all those "positive" emotions. But negative feelings, while unpleasant, can sometimes be good for us. Anger can fuel us to do better. Guilt can make us take action. Anxiety and fear can protect us against potential threats.
3. Living a happy and fulfilling life means experiencing all of our emotions.
Life is a beautiful journey and the way to experience it to its fullest is by feeling all the emotions that come with it. For each un-happy emotion, we share a concrete strategy to maintain your wellness as you work through your feelings.
Our other, un-happy emotions are just as valid – what’s important is how we support and regulate our well-being when we aren’t feeling so great.
We share the different un-happy emotions and concrete strategies you can use to maintain your wellness as you work through your feelings.
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