الغرض من الحياة ليس السعادة: إنه مفيد

.لأطول وقت ، اعتقدت أن هناك غرضًا وحيدًا للحياة: وهو أن تكون سعيدًا

.أنا لست الشخص الوحيد الذي صدق ذلك. في الواقع ، إذا نظرت من حولك ، فإن معظم الناس يسعون وراء السعادة في حياتهم

We are who we are.

Let’s just accept that. Most people love to analyze why people are not happy or don’t live fulfilling lives. I don’t necessarily care about the why.

I care more about how we can change.

Just a few short years ago, I did everything to chase happiness.

.تشتري شيئًا ما ، وتعتقد أن هذا يجعلك سعيدًا
.يمكنك ربط الناس ، وتعتقد أن هذا يجعلك سعيدًا
.تحصل على وظيفة جيدة الأجر لا تحبها ، وتعتقد أن هذا يجعلك سعيدًا
.تقضي العطلة ، وتعتقد أن هذا يجعلك سعيدًا

But at the end of the day, you’re lying in your bed (alone or next to your spouse), and you think: “What’s next in this endless pursuit of happiness?”

Well, I can tell you what’s next: You, chasing something random that you believe makes you happy.

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life,

the whole aim and end of human existence.”

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Happiness can’t be a goal in itself. Therefore, it’s not something that’s achievable.

I believe that happiness is merely a byproduct of usefulness.

When I talk about this concept with friends, family, and colleagues, I always find it difficult to put this into words. But I’ll give it a try here.

Most things we do in life are just activities and experiences.

  • You go on holiday.
  • You go to work.
  • You go shopping.
  • You have drinks.
  • You have dinner.
  • You buy a car.

Those things should make you happy, right? But they are not useful. You’re not creating anything. You’re just consuming or doing something. And that’s great.

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Don’t get me wrong. I love to go on holiday, or go shopping sometimes. But to be honest, it’s not what gives meaning to life.

What really makes me happy is when I’m useful. When I create something that others can use. Or even when I create something I can use.

For the longest time I found it difficult to explain the concept of usefulness and happiness. But when I recently ran into a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the dots finally connected.

Being useful is a mindset. And like with any mindset, it starts with a decision. One day I woke up and thought to myself: What am I doing for this world? The answer was nothing.

And that same day I started writing. For you it can be painting, creating a product, helping elderly, or anything you feel like doing.

Don’t take it too seriously. Don’t overthink it. Just DO something that’s useful. Anything.

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