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The Pursuit of Lasting Happiness: Why It's Not Out There

Updated: Jun 11, 2023


Every day we are bombarded with messages that tell us that happiness is just one purchase away. We are told that if we buy this car, this house, this piece of clothing, then we will finally be happy. But the truth is, the more we chase after happiness in external things, the more elusive it becomes.

Happiness is not something that can be found outside of ourselves. It is not a destination that we can arrive at. It is a state of being that can only be cultivated from within.

The root cause of our suffering is our attachment to impermanent things. We cling to people, possessions, and experiences because we believe they will bring us happiness. But when those things inevitably change or disappear, we are left feeling empty and unfulfilled.

True happiness is not dependent on anything outside of ourselves. It is a state of mind that can be accessed through meditation, mindfulness, and self-reflection. It is a deep sense of contentment that arises when we let go of our attachment to external things and connect with the present moment.

When we cultivate inner happiness, we become less reactive to the ups and downs of life. We are able to navigate challenges with greater ease and grace. And we are able to experience joy and fulfilment even in the midst of difficult circumstances.

So if you want to find lasting happiness, don't look outside of yourself. Look within. Cultivate a mind that is open, curious, and free from attachment. And watch as your entire experience of life transforms before your very eyes.

Daniel Troyak is a Mindfulness-based Therapist.

With his support, unpack and unravel the contents of the mind.

Learn the tools for emotional processing and healing so you can live a happy, calm and peaceful life.

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