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Happiness is a Process, Not an Outcome

December 19, 2017

I’ve had it all wrong.

Happiness isn’t the opposite of depression. It isn’t the other side of sadness.

And it certainly isn’t the same as pleasure.

Happiness is a process. It’s the byproduct of growth.

Growth that comes from engaging in actives that challenge you, that demand your all-consuming attention. Activities you lose yourself in, yet emerge from with an expanded sense of self. Activities that may not be enjoyable during, but that you remember with fondness after.

That growth—that constant expanding and narrowing of the gap between where we are to where we want to be—is happiness.

Happiness isn’t a goal or a destination. It isn’t a fixed point.

It’s about process, not outcome.

So maybe, just maybe, if we want to be happier, we should focus less on the outcome and more on the process.

Taken in Digby, Nova Scotia. 


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