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Happiness Is An Inside Job

Submitted by Jay Shetty
Posted on 04 Apr, 2016

Somewhere along the line our definition of success became blurred, it became about money. And it's funny how the desire for power and wealth increase the speed at which we believe we need to work so that we can supersede our peers in the rat race, moving at a pace that no fit bit or no wearable can truly monitor or analyze the stress and the intensity.

Since weve been young we've all been exposed to definitions, of happiness. The scientists and the mathematicians have algorithms and formulas that they believe adds up to the equation of happiness. We have the corporate professionals, we have the corporate hierarchy of actual promotion and career progression to measure their success. We need to define what success means for us. We need to redefine what success means. Let's not make happiness and success about the size of our homes but about the size of our heart. Let's not make it about gratification but gratitude.

We speak about being healthy and our well being but we act more like human doings than human beings and therefore, instead of to-do lists we need to-be lists. Instead of thinking about what you want to do, thing about who you want to be. Do you want to be more self-aware? Do you want to be more conscious? Do you want to be a better person? Do you want to be a difference in the world? We need to move away from what we want to do in situations to who we want to be in situations.

The three most common things that we forget when we're rushing out of our homes are our keys, our wallet, or our mobile phone. And it's absolutely hilarious how you run back inside. You look in all your drawers, you look in your desk, you make a mess sometimes, and then how many times have you had it that you realized that it was actually in your back pocket? Sometimes even in your hand. And it's funny that our experience of happiness is so similar to this. We run around trying to find it in absolutely every place. But actually, when we come back home, we find that it's within.

When I was in my teens, I heard a fascinating quote from Jim Carrey. And he said, "everyone should become rich and famous and do everything they dreamed of just to see that it's not the answer."

And what did he mean by that?

He meant that actually what we're searching for is not out there, but inside. And therefore, happiness is actually an inside job.

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