When we were kids, at least in hinterland India where i was born,the quest for happiness didn’t figure on the list for our parents. They applauded when we performed, whether at school, or extra-curricular activities, but did not teach us how to be happy with ourselves and the world.
I believe this led to a sort of cycle where our happiness depended on others being happy with us. In order to keep others happy, we do whatever it takes– and this is considered a good thing.
Instead, values like honesty and positivity should take precedence, because they are the only things that bring true happiness, which is, after all, an individual state of mind. Happiness should depend on what is inside you rather than what is going on outside of you.
What does your happiness depend on?
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