Why do we strive for happiness?

Having started my own happiness project, it dawned on me that I hadn’t been unhappy before starting it. No one had recommend I start it so where had the drive come from and why?

I’m not denying the fact that being happy is important and being able to see the best in every day is a way to remain grateful. But why do we strive for more when what we have is ample?

I know, in my case, that my drive had come from a series of recent events which really brought me back down to Earth and made me realise how short life is and how much we have to be grateful for.

I think everyone has those ‘epiphany’ moments from time to time. Perhaps a relative passes away or a colleague leaves or your friend has a baby. Whatever it is, these moments matter. Nine times out of 10 we acknowledge them and move on but sometimes, they are worth paying a bit more attention to.

Often your heart shouts louder and pushes you to act on it. Use that moment to promote a better sense of self and happiness in your own life. Make your life matter.

And so, my happiness project is driven by my heart. I want to feel happy right to my core. Everyone can act happy, have a moment of happiness, but to have a fire of positivity burning within is more difficult to achieve.

It’s not about feeling happy all the time – our emotions change depending on the situation, but to have a constantly burning flame inside, which we can come back to time and time again to warm our heart.

Now this may all sound very deep/spiritual/idealistic, whatever you want to call it. This is because it’s personal to me. You will only be able to relate if you are on a similar journey.

So, in answer to the original question, we strive for happiness because that is what keeps us going. It makes life mean more, it’s the sunshine we need to survive.

When we’re happy, we’re generally healthier, more positive. We work harder, we eat well, we exercise regularly, we socialise more and we make other people happy.

For me, my happiness project is a personal challenge but I hope that by sharing it, I can inspire others to be happier too.

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