In the hustle and bustle of life, sometimes we forget just how important it is to do some self-reflection. We all tend to obsess on being “happy.” Whether you want to admit it, we all are consumed by the idea of being blissfully happy. We are told from a young age to get the dream job, marry that incredible guy, buy the gorgeous home, dress to impress, and have a killer body. But what if these goals are doing very little on our quest to finding happiness? In fact, what if these goals are actually making us more miserable?
Happiness ebbs and flows, according to Emily Esfahani Smith, but having a meaningful life by serving someone or something beyond yourself will give you a feeling far better than happiness. Smith breaks down the journey to self-fulfillment by using 4 pillars: belonging, purpose, transcendence, and storytelling. Check out her TED Talk and learn for yourself just how important it is for us stop and reflect.
What’s your take on Smith’s talk? Think you should reanalyze how you view your happiness? Whether you found meaning from her talk or not, maybe we all need to take a step back and find a moment of peace in this crazy life.
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Katherine is a newbie to Denver. She recently completed her Masters in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego. When she isn’t trying to save the world, Katherine is all about trying any and all delicious foods, hitting up the beach but not actually swimming (deathly afraid of sharks), and taking as many hikes as humanly possible.