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Happiness isn’t the goal, it’s an after effect

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

When you talk about goals for the future, one I’ve been hearing often is that “I want to be happy.” While that’s a fine goal, as emotional happiness is important, I think that’s mistaking the cart for the horse. Happiness in and of itself is unstable if that is the specific goal. I think it makes more sense to first understand yourself and understand what you want to be, what you want to do. As Joseph Campbell says, “Chase your Bliss.” Understand what you are, what you want, and the rest will follow naturally anyway.


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