In a discussion the other day, “happiness” as a topic came up.
Everyone brought up great points about how poorer people seem to be happy and that being happy had nothing to do with owning anything.
But I couldn’t help but wonder:
So why is it that we feel SOME happiness when we own or buy things?
If happiness is all about not owning much or anything, why do I feel happier WITH stuff than without?
Like buying a new car, creates happiness.
Or going on a vacation, makes people happy.
And of course, the ever popular “retail therapy” to make anyone feel better.
I believe we have two different versions of happiness:
The fast food version and the long lasting belly filling one.
The Fast Food Version
Similar to fast food, it delivers an immediate satisfaction very quickly, but after a really high rush… you crash and feel depressed or hungry an hour later.
Think: sugar rushes, or takeout Chinese food.
- It’s short-lived.
- It’s more of an “emotional high” than actual happiness.
- It feels awesome, and you get this rush through the middle of your core.
- You can’t stop smiling during that period.
The Long-Lasting, Bellyful Version
Similar to home-cooked meals, or eating in a good restaurant, it keeps you satisfied and content for the whole day, rather than hungry an hour later.
Plus, the good nutrients are absorbed into your body to nourish it.
- It’s present in our daily lives.
- It’s as a result of a change in our attitudes and emotions.
- It can be difficult to achieve at first, as it requires attention & scrutiny.
So while having a little bit of Fast Food Happiness once in a while can be a lot of fun,it isn’t as good as working towards something that will last forever.
Next: Discussing Happiness and how to Attain it