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The Purpose Of Life Is Not Happiness: It's Usefulness - Darius Foroux

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The Purpose Of Life Is Not Happiness: It's Usefulness - Darius Foroux
For the longest time, I believed that there's only one purpose of life: And that is to be happy. Right? Why else go through all the pain and hardship? It's to achieve happiness in some way. And I'm not the only person who believed that.

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

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The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Happiness is merely a byproduct of usefulness. You don’t have to change the world or anything. Just make it a little bit better than you were born. When you do little useful things every day, it adds up to a life that is well lived. A life that mattered.

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Problems are unanswered questions

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