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Strive for Inner Peace, Not Happiness



Strive for Inner Peace, Not Happiness

Almost everybody today is searching for happiness. People are buying things, chasing success, embracing spiritual practices, following their passions, engaging in romantic relationships, believing that these factors will lead to a permanent state of happiness.

We believe one day, when this or that happens, we will be happy. We hate the present moment, and we always look forward to an imagined future, thinking that happiness will arrive when we meet our goals.

Little do we know that the search for happiness, as Eric Hoffer observed, ‘is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.’ This search leads to unhappiness by making us less thankful for what we have in the present moment. It also causes unhappiness since frustration sets in when people realize that what they worked hard for cannot bring permanent happiness.

People who believe riches lead to permanent happiness become depressed when they realize that riches intensify anxiety. People who get into a relationship expecting permanent happiness get frustrated when they realize that relationships limit their freedom and demand lots of time and energy.

Permanent happiness is an illusion. You will never be constantly happy regardless of the number of ‘I am happy affirmations’ you make. Someone you love will one day die or get seriously sick, you might also get ill one day, your businesses might fail, you might lose your job, your spouse could break up with you, and many more things that are part of life, which we consider bad will happen.

It’s almost impossible to be happy when these things happen. Thus, because some of them must happen, permanent happiness is impossible.

You must commit to cultivating inner peace rather than searching for happiness. Inner peace is the ability to attain a state of mental or spiritual calmness regardless of what is happening in one’s life. A person with inner peace can attain calmness even when facing difficult circumstances.

Inner peace is long-term because it transcends the difficulties of life. Individuals who have attained inner peace do not fear the possibility of hardships because they trust their ability to overcome them. Whatever happens does not disturb them. They welcome all life events believing that everything happens for the good.

Moreover, they know that they can change their circumstances. They also understand that their current life circumstance reflects their past beliefs, thoughts, and actions.

Thus, inner peace is a permanent state of mind because it cannot be interfered by negative life events. It is also attainable, and you don’t need material things to achieve it. Besides, it increases your chances of experiencing happiness frequently.

For this reason, you must cultivate it.

Although many factors lead to inner peace, attaining wisdom is the most reliable. Understand how life works, and inner peace will be your state of mind.

Peace be with you.

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  1. Freddy

    July 13, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    Amazing piece of advice

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