4 Things We Pursue That Are Pretty Much Guaranteed To Make Us Unhappy

Thought Catalog


Everyone wants to be happier, but no one thinks to ask how. We assume we know what we need to be doing. After all we’ve seen the movies. We watch the Academy Awards. We’ve seen the smiling faces of our almost certainly more fulfilled friends on Facebook. But it’s all a trick. All the things we’ve been conditioned to think will finally bestow happiness upon as are empty. Take, for example . . .

Prestige (aka the esteem of others).

Ah, prestige. The desire to feel important.

It is a fundamental driver of nearly all human action.

But it does not satisfy.

Not in itself at least. That longing to be important is totally dependent on the opinion of others. And as long as your well being hangs on the whim of someone’s opinion, you’ll never be secure. You’ll need constant reassurance of your status. Because your self-worth doesn’t come from…

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