The pursuit of happiness

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The Pursuit of Happiness
According to Helen Keller “Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes ushappy; …” Material things do not necessarily bring you happiness. That is a fact of life. It is a hard fact to understand sometimes, especially in a society that tries very hard to teach you otherwise.Five Components of Happiness
Happiness is a personal choice. Many people wrongly believe that happiness depends on what we get in our life, such as money, social status or love relationship. Thefact is that we are using these things to fill what is missing inside.
Self-respect: The core of our existence. Lacking of self-respect or self-love is the mayor reason of unhappiness in the world.True self respect comes from within instead of from outside. It is base on unconditional acceptance of us.
Assertiveness: Being assertive means we can say no to others without feeling guilty. Itcreates a boundary so that our basic value and resources are protected. Lack of assertiveness leads to people-pleasing or failure to stand up to our rights, this leads to feeling inferiority.
Letting gothe past: Given that our life moves only forward and can never turn back, we will experience deep agony if we are hunted by the past. You can never re-live the past. It is gone, forever. Acceptingthis fact is the only way that we can live in the present, which is how we can enjoy life.
A meaningful goal: Lack of a meaningful goal leads to boredom, which is one reason of excessive need forentertainment, food, or addictive substances such as alcohol or cigarettes.
Human connection: No one can live without meaningful contact with others. Caring for or giving to others is fundamental to ourbeings. Without connection with others, such as family members, friends or colleagues, we will experience loneliness and deep void.
Material Things Will Not Bring You Happiness.
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