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

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

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

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 Emerso...

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

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 ...

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.

Being useful is a mindset. And like with any mindset, it starts with a decision:  Just DO something that’s useful. Anything.

Being useful is a mindset. And like with any mindset, it starts with a decision:  Just DO something that’s useful. Anything.

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Our brains invent it as a way to explain all the crazy shit that is going on in the world around us. This helps us predict and control our lives.
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1. Cause/Effect Meaning primarily involves the logical parts of our brain: You kick the ball, the ball moves.
2. Better/Worse Meaning has to do with the nature of our values and relies mostly on the emotional parts of our brains: Eating is better than starving.
Meaning is nature’s tool for motivation
It’s how evolution made sure we got shit done. When there is great meaning attached to something, we will go to insane lengths to make things right. 

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Happiness comes a lot more easily when we stop thinking about it

Happiness is more like a place you occupy than an object you obtain. Some days you’ll be there and some days you wont, but the more time you spend thinking about being happy, the less l...

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  • Laughter
  • Well-being
  • Peace of mind
  • Cheerfulness
  • Playfulness
  • Hopefulness
  • Blessedness
A lot of people that are searching for happiness will end up with “shiny object syndrome"
People bounce from goal to goal because they’re looking for something (or someone) to take away all their suffering. Knowing yourself and what you truly want can help you develop purpose and focus, so that you don’t even have time to waste pondering happiness.

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