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You Can’t Borrow Happiness

How much money do you make? There’s someone out there who strongly believes you should be happy with that exact number. Maybe they have a point. Maybe they don’t.

Where do you live? There’s someone out there who strongly believes you should be happy with that exact location. Maybe they have a point. Maybe they don’t.

Where do you work? There’s someone out there who strongly believes you should be happy with that exact job. Maybe they have a point. Maybe they don’t.

What are you unhappy about? There’s someone out there who strongly believes you should be happy about those exact conditions. Maybe they have a point. Maybe they don’t.

There are lots of opinions floating around regarding what human beings ought to be happy with. As you sift through those opinions here’s one important fact you’ll need to remember:

You can’t find happiness by trying to make other people happy about the way you pursue happiness.

Even if the entire world is elated with your definition of happiness, their enthusiasm won’t be automatically transferred to your emotional bank account. Other people can be happy for you, but they can’t be happy in your stead. You can borrow people’s ideas, but you can’t borrow their feelings. Thinking critically about happiness isn’t just about being open to other people’s ideas, it also means refusing to disregard what your own feelings are telling you. So whatever standard of happiness you choose, make sure you’re happy with it.

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