There’s more to life than being happy

I started another new job today. My week consisted of training to be a voluntary anger management coach producing a highly uplifted sense of positivity in being around other caring, sensitive, inspirational people working together to help other human beings. The new job was only at a coffee shop -relaxed with friendly employees but mid shift my mood rapidly declined as a result of negative conversation and my inability to control my sensitivity so I became withdrawn, unable to communicate, and frustrated leaving me emotionally drained.

Reading this article lifted my spirits again bringing to my attention that there is more to life than happiness, and finding meaning in life is far more rewarding even with all of the suffering and sadness.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/theres-more-to-life-than-being-happy/266805/

‘In the meaningful life you use your highest strengths and talents to belong to and serve something you believe is larger than the self.’

‘While happiness is an emotion felt in the here and now, it ultimately fades away, just as all emotions do; positive affect and feelings of pleasure are fleeting. Meaning, on the other hand, is enduring. It connects the past to the present to the future.’

 

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