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Why happiness is Hard

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In recent years there has been a huge boom in what is called the happiness industry. Others have questioned whether it even makes sense to expect to be happy or at least happy all the time.

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If happiness was easy or guaranteed there would nothing to this industry, instead we would take it for granted. In fact many people seem to assume that a lack of happiness is due to a lot of work, marriage and life in general.

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Why is happiness so hard. Maybe the clue lies in our evolution as human beings. We evolved as a nomadic species. This mean that we would arrive at paradise, say a lovely lake in a forest, where we could relax and eat our fill.

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The problem is that if you do this you will exhaust all the riches of the land quickly and have to move on. So it is natural for us to discover paradise and then desire to move on to the next paradise.

This seems to be reflected in our neurology. When we are happy, our brains become satiated to the experience and soon what was making us happy not only ceases to make us happy but can even make us unhappy.

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So perhaps happiness is not something we can both achieve and then hold on to. Instead it is through constant change that we find happiness.

Unfortunately we are both removed from our nomadic past and institutionalised into the uniformity needs of industrial society that we try to find happiness through stability when we would be better off seeking it through change.

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So next time you are feeling like a nomad in the desert, realise that it is only through this ordeal that we can truly appreciate arriving at the next oasis.

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