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The truth about happiness

By Anastasia Baraeva
2 min read

For its abstract meaning, the term happiness can compete with self-awareness. As Mark Manson, a famous American author, once said, “Self-awareness is like great sex: everyone thinks they have a ton of it, but in reality, no one knows what they are doing.” We can say the same about the feeling of happiness that everyone on this planet chases, but in reality, no one knows exactly what they are looking for.

People experience happiness differently depending on their background or area of interest. The sound of a running engine after it breaks down may please the driver, but it is unlikely to evoke the same emotions in a seamstress, who is more likely to be in seventh heaven sewing a dress from a limited-edition fabric bought at the best price. Being a big fan of writing, I was the happiest person in the world when I found the precise words to explain what the matrix is. The joy and feeling of satisfaction emerged along with the fact that I found my voice, for which I had been looking for a long time.

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Happiness goes hand in hand with difficulties we are supposed to overcome on our way to what we want or need. And this makes happiness less abstract and more understandable for all of us. This feeling wakes up exactly at the moment you decide not to betray yourself and your dreams but to follow them, despite any circumstances. As the saying goes, if you really want to do something, you will find the way. If you do not want to, you will find an excuse. For example, a poor studio room in Paris rented from a family who used the rest of the apartment for their trade of making corsets didn’t stop Picasso from creating his masterpieces.

Since happiness doesn’t exist without a human who creates it, the pursuit of happiness is a waste of time. If you accept all the challenges that come your way and do what you love, then your life becomes more meaningful. The more meaningful your life is, the happier you are.