Tag: Viktor Frankl

The Pursuit of Happiness

Lifestyle, Mental Health December 19, 2011

What is happiness?  Can we find it in the perfect job, most exquisite pair of shoes, the right boyfriend, or at the bottom of a tub of rocky road?  Happiness is this illusive creature of equal parts legend and desire.  Every moment in our life is all consumed with our striving for it; from diet choices, to education, shopping, and interpersonal interactions.  However; one of my favorite psychologists Viktor Frankl most eloquently posited…

Don’t aim at success-the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it.  For sucess, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensure…as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.”

Happiness sits waiting for us in the everyday and mundane.  It’s less about finding and more about noticing.  True happiness is about shifting our minds and turning them toward noticing happy moments.  As I sit waiting on my beloved Cigars, I simply notice my happiness and decide to share the moment, hopefully inspiring happiness in others.