Stop Believing These 4 Unhelpful & Common Myths About Happiness

Stop Believing These 4 Unhelpful & Common Myths About Happiness

Happiness … we all know what it is and isn’t.

But do we?

As someone who’s researched, written about and talked about happiness for decades now, I’m confident the answer is quite often, no.

So much so that I spend a lot of my time busting myths and misconceptions about happiness.

Because if we don’t really understand what happiness is, and what it isn’t, then how can we ever really enjoy it?

With that in mind, check out this article that focuses on 4 common and unhelpful happiness myths you really need to dump or change ASAP …

via the Taoist by Adrienne Bocci-Barrett

Place your focus on the present moment to discover what happiness truly means for you

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Would you say that you’re happy? If so, what makes you say that? And if not, what would it mean to be happy?

These might seem like silly questions. The idea of finding happiness is so common that the answers might seem obvious at first. Isn’t happiness self-explanatory?

But happiness isn’t the simple idea we make it out to be. Many widely believed ideas about happiness are plain wrong. Clinging to these false beliefs about happiness can get in the way of the very thing we say we desire — to be happy!

If you’re ready to dive deeper into the meaning of happiness, start by examining some common myths about it. Read on to learn how to stop buying into these myths and how to discover what happiness means for you.

Myth #1: Happiness exists somewhere outside of us, so we must go pursue it.

To confront this myth, ask yourself: What would make me happy? Create a list of everything you believe would contribute to your happiness. How many items you listed are external (existing outside of yourself)?

Focusing on external achievements or possessions is a surefire way to disappoint yourself. In the words of Abraham Hicks, “Everything you want is because you think you will feel better in the having of it.” Earning accolades or acquiring possessions may feel good in the short term. But focusing on external desires does little to satisfy your soul long-term.

This is not to say you shouldn’t set goals or buy something you’d like to purchase. But be realistic with yourself about what these external desires mean. If you’re looking for genuine happiness, focus on your internal world. Practicing gratitude and mindfulness are ideal ways to begin this process…

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