On happiness and fulfillment

Happiness is a fluffy word. If we feel inside ourselves I’m sure we’ll be able to gauge whether or not we feel happy in this very moment, but there is more to it than that. See, to me happiness isn’t all about rainbows and butterflies and smiley faces. Happiness is about something more, something deeper, something that is not just moment to moment. Happiness to me is about striving to become better versions of ourselves. Happiness to me is about what Aristotle called eudaimonia which translates to Human flourishing.

This to me encapsulates the idea of what happiness is about. The idea that we can assign ourselves a purpose, and then strive with all our might to fulfill that purpose. But this has another small wrinkle that we need to be aware of, namely that we don’t have to wait be happy. We don’t have to wait for someone else to assign a purpose to us from the outside. We can take charge of our lives right now, assign ourselves a purpose and strive hard to fulfill that purpose.

Happiness is not about external factors. We must let go of the idea that once we make X amount of money, or get that new job or lose those last five pounds we’ll be happy. Happiness is about feeling fulfilled, and if we don’t have anything to feel fulfilled about, we must actively look for it. Seek it out and strive to create a purpose for ourselves. At the end of the day that is the very essence of our existence – creating meaning for ourselves and for our own existence – that is what leads to eudaimonia, that is what leads to happiness, fulfillment and human flourishing.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section

/Nick

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