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The Paradox of Happiness

Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? Are you looking for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in a time when suffering and division are all around us? Would you like to learn how to heal yourself, your children and your community?


Somewhere in the 1950's, we got comfortable as a society. We started looking for more meaning in life and the search for personal happiness took off. Ironically, looking at every statistic I could find, happiness has been on the decline ever since. Depression, anxiety and general dissatisfaction with life, including where most people are in theirs have risen at a similar level, almost creating a perfect “X” when looking at a chart over time.


It may sound ironic but it actually makes perfect sense. As we began our quest for personal happiness, our emphasis as a society shifted from “we” to “me”. We placed less value on family, community, traditions and have tried to stop doing anything we don’t really feel like doing.

We make up all kinds of excuses, even to ourselves as to why we “can’t” do something we don’t want to do. Sadly, many of us don’t realize that many of those things create the most fulfillment in our lives. Every excuse we create erodes away at our foundation.


Fulfillment, or “satisfaction” in philosophies such as Buddhism, is the foundation you should aim to build your life and emotions upon. Building a strong foundation, creating fulfillment leads to more happy times naturally. Paradoxically, chasing happiness, in selfish ways ultimately leads to a weak foundation, a lack of fulfillment, depression, anxiety, and suffering.


Happiness is but one emotion. An emotion by definition is a fleeting and fluid state of being. No matter how hard you try, you can not stay in one emotion all the time. Life happens and you need that strong foundation to keep you stable in times of suffering. You can learn how to turn sadness into empathy, anger into compassion and anxiety into growth. You should learn to utilize all of your emotions to make yourself stronger, more mindful and gain wisdom.


In his book, “Don’t Chase Happiness! 36 Rules to a Fulfilling Life in the Modern World” Joshua will teach you how to create a truly fulfilling and meaningful life. A life that you will love, making the hard times easier to deal with and the good times even better. He will also do this in an inclusive and entertaining way, without regard to race, gender, religion, politics or sexual orientation.


By living a fulfilling life, you will automatically create a successful life. Success means something different to everyone but to most, it is a balance of social life, family, finances, career and the ability to enjoy the present moment.


If you have children or are thinking about having children one day, learning the rules to a fulfilling life will make you a much better parent. If you are suffering, your children will suffer. It is time to stop this cycle of suffering, division, and despair and read this book today.


You deserve to have a wonderful life! Realizing this is the first step down your path to fulfillment.


-JE


joshua.edelstein@thestrategicperspective.com