Pursuit of Happiness

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Is the pursuit of happiness the most important goal in life or is it just selfish? I once was told that the average person thinks about happiness at least twice a day. It's only 9pm and I can already tell you that I've been happy and unhappy many times today. If I asked a group of people what they wanted most out of their lives for themselves or their family, whether for tomorrow or the rest of your life, most people would say happiness. Some might say money, but only because they think money will make them happy. Yes, money can buy things that will provide you with brief happiness, but for true happiness, I believe, you have to be focused on it for the majority of your life. Aristotle once said, "Human happiness is so important it…show more content…
Sometimes people have a degree and end up working in a lower level position because even though the money is less, they are happy with the job at hand and I think that money gets in the way with a lot of happiness for some people. Pursuit of happiness is just setting yourself up for failure. You cannot be happy every single day of your life because it is inedible that bad things happen. Yes, bad things happen and people can handle them different but in all reality deep down inside everybody gets hurt even when they do not like to admit it. I also think that if you just try to pursue happiness all the time you may think too much about being happy. When you think too much about being happy you end up missing out on the things that would make you happy because your thinking about your every move instead of just going day by day. Some use the excuse: “providing as well as we could for our families”. This, however, is nothing more than showing a reluctance to change our state of affairs onto our families. Instead of determining the real reason we don’t chase our dreams, possibly fear or lack of self-confidence, it is easier to use a socially satisfactory justification such as “family”. Using ones family as the basis for staying in a job which makes one unhappy is effectively saying that one’s family is the reason for one’s unhappiness. “I hate working for this company but I continue with it because of my family.” Life is short, life is
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