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Pursuit of Happiness

Happiness is a lifelong pursuit that demands a commitment, on our part, to a relentless striving for growth. In its most realistic sense, Happiness equates to human flourishing (Eudaimonia), that is, sustainable wellness of body, mind, and spirit. Happiness is not contingent on life events or happenstance, but rather on how one reacts to what happens to them, good or bad. Pleasure, on the hand, is all about the moment, a fleeting moment of satisfaction that ebbs and flows from day to day. Happiness can be filled with pleasures, but the pleasure (and the amount of it) does not determine the happiness in one’s life. It is the balanced life that will experience more happiness from day to day than one who is excessive in a good thing.

The principal things for the whole use of man’s life are water, fire, iron, and salt, flour of wheat, honey, milk, and wine, and oil, and clothing. All these things are for good to the godly: so to the sinners they are turned into evil. Sirach 39:26 

The sinner turns the goods into their addictions wherein lies their idol. 

What is more important to man than a healthy body? (See my post here ) . A poor man with a strong constitution is happier than a rich man with a feeble one.One thing often overlooked when it comes to gaining and maintaining optimum health is one’s state of happiness. How healthy we are is in large part due to how happy or content we are. Having perpetual excess of one pleasurable thing whether food, clothes, wine, sex, or partying has proven time and again to not lead to happiness. But, rather, we find it as the road to emptiness of spirit, and pain of body.

“Everything in the garden of life that portended pain and suffering I resisted, everything that intimated pleasure and delight I went towards; and what I have ended up doing is meeting the pain and suffering, except I have come to it the wrong way around.”  – Oscar Wilde

“Despair does not lie in being weary of suffering, but in being weary of pleasure.” G.K Chesteron

Happiness, not pleasure, is a sustainable and worthwhile pursuit because it secures health and makes pleasure enjoyable.Work on being happy and live your life more abundantly.

“… To have a merry heart is a perpetual feast”Prov. 15:15

“The gladness of the heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days.” – Sirach 30:22

Affilitate link to relevant book on this topic of Happiness and pleasure – Hacking of the AMerican Mind by MD Robert Lustig