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My Take on Happiness
What is happiness?
Technically happiness is a chemical reaction that happens inside our heads, but what exactly causes this reaction to happen. I have experienced many things in my life that have made me happy and I'm sure you have too. These are things like achieving your goals, whether they are family related, work related, etc. Something about accomplishment gives us fulfillment and definitely makes us happier people.
The thing about fulfillment is that it doesn't come easy. True achievement is doing something you find difficult and succeeding at it. This of course takes time and its impossible to be achieving difficult, worthwhile things every second of the day.
What else makes humans happy?
- Eating delicious food
- Problem solving
These 5 things are the primal things that are pre-programmed into our brains as some sort of survival mechanism. Humans enjoy eating, we also need to eat to survive. We also enjoy exercising (most of us) which is essential for our body to stay healthy. Problem solving, it stimulates our brain and gives us that sense of achievement I mentioned earlier.
Learning and innovating, when you create something out of nothing or learn a new skill that is useful to you - it is very satisfying. This factor alone is why humans have come so far. Constantly pushing our boundaries, constantly innovating. Picture a caveman back in the day who used stone tools. Eventually he figured out theres a better way using metals, and it goes on.
Finally reproduction, the most important survival urge humans will ever have. If we do not reproduce then we will become extinct. This is a simple fact and is the most important (and often the most enjoyable) happiness trigger we have.
All of these things are key to our survival and each one seems to make us feel good. So what is the answer for happiness? It is to simply live your life! Follow your urges, eat the nice smelling food, challenge your brain with problems, exercise and push your bodies limits, enjoy the company of your partner. These things are the root of happiness.
If you agree let me know in the comments and if you have any other thoughts please share!