“Happiness Series -1- Yale Course”

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The ultimate goal of life is to be happy. We have all heard it, believe in it, chase it and yet it eludes us most of the time.

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I am halfway through, and I feel I can delineate the satisfactory and unsatisfactory pursuits of my life better. Different perspectives  for all of us.

I had a few misconceptions about happiness, early on.

  • I don’t deserve it as my life is far from perfect.
  • It is a transitory emotion.
  • I can eat that ice cream or buy a Pandora bracelet and experience a temporary shot at happiness.

Over the course of life and ebbs and flows, I realized it didn’t matter if I was proposed to with a $100 or $10,000 ring. It was a matter of perspective.

I also realized, life didn’t have to be perfect like on Sunset Boulevard, LA , there is no “happily ever after”, it’s “ right here right now”. I am happy to be alive to see another day, to live another story in my life.

A friend made me realize “happiness isn’t temporary” like a job or a marriage or a breakup or a home. It can be permanent. It’s a “STATE of MIND” just like solid , liquid or gas.

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